By creating a freshwater market, indigenous communities living in the forest would be compensated for protecting the resource, while the country as a whole could see an economic boom.
As John Goedschalk, CI-Suriname’s executive director, says in this film, “This will only work if we protect the rainforests and watersheds that make it. If we don’t — if we deplete and pollute — we in Suriname and the rest of the world will have one less major water resource. And in a world of 9 billion people, we’re gonna need every drop we can get.”
Suriname is part of the Guiana Shield, a tropical wilderness spanning six countries in South America, which contains about 25% of the world’s remaining intact forest and produces as much as 10-15% of the world’s fresh water. With more than 90% of its land covered by pristine forest, Suriname presents exciting opportunities for green development. ~By Rebecca Field, CI’s video production manager