Conservation International-Suriname Recommends Protected Status for the Southeast of the Country


Conservation International-Suriname (CIS) recently recommended that Southeastern Suriname receive protected status in order to protect new species. Field research by scientists in the south eastern part of Suriname has not only yielded 60 new species, but proves that the area is worth being kept in its original state. It is the first time that the area’s natural capital has been researched so intensively, according to In the photo above (by P. Naskrechi ) you can see the fake coral snake (erythrolamprus aesculpi), one of the sixty new species found. Its bright colors protect it against predators, although the snake does not have the venom of real coral snakes. Other recently-discovered species include the chocolate tree, among other species of beetles, fish, and grasshoppers. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

nieuwe_diersoorten_DetailfotoIn March 2012, Conservation International Suriname (CIS) commissioned a team of Surinamese and international scientists to the Upper Palumeu River, Grensgebergte and Kasikasima region. The data found have been compiled in a book which was presented yesterday. The scientists have strongly recommended a protected status for the area.


‘Suriname is one of the last places on earth where there are large areas of tropical forest and sweet water sources that need protection. The area is largely uninhabited making it the most virgin part of Suriname,’ Leeanne Alonso, scientific director of the expedition tells de Ware Tijd. Although she is no stranger to Suriname, Alonso gets tears in her eyes when she describes the month-long expedition. ‘It’s too beautiful for words.’ The main objective of the expedition was to fill in the gaps on the biodiversity in Suriname and to share the information in the scientific world. The expedition found more species than the last one. In 2012 Suriname made international headlines when CIS found over 40 species near Kwamalasamutu. So far CIS has financed four expeditions. The finds consist of several beetles, fishes, grasshoppers and frogs.


CIS director, John Goedschalk jr., says the findings are in line with the latest trend in Suriname, namely environmental friendly and sustainable development. The organization has received confirmation on the status of a number of the discovered species. It will soon publish the report internationally.

The isolation which has protected the south-east Suriname is slowly disappearing with advancing developments. The area is characterized by lowland rainforest with swamps along the rivers. Across the area there are several granite rock formations and mountains covered with highland forest. There is a wide variety of sweet water sources and a big diversity of species and beautiful eco-systems

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