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President of the Republic of Suriname

Climate warning

Suiname is about to lose its status of greenest country on earth by cutting down 451,000 hectares of primary forsest.

Suriname is about to lose its status as greenest country on earth : Documents indicate that the Government of Suriname is planning to designate 560.000 hectares of Suriname's territory for large-scale agricultural plots.[1b]. It has been confirmed that of the total area, 451,000 hectares are threatened primary forest in the proposed agriculture plots (441,362 ha for the Ministry of Agriculture and 9,958 ha for Foundations backed by private land developers).This would result in a shocking amount of primary forest loss for a country that has experienced an average annual deforestation of 6,560 hectares over the past 21 years (137,746 hectares in total since the year 2002). Impact on People : Converting this area of land to agricultural lands will destroy eight indigenous and tribal villages, poison and pollute tens of creeks and three major rivers that those and other villages need for sustenance and cultural values. These lands are currently not yet recognized by the government as indigenous and tribal lands , however, these lands involve areas where the indigenous and tribal communities have been living for hundreds, if not thousands of years. These people and their way of life will be destroyed if this is allowed to happen. Impact on Biodiversity : Converting this land to large scale agriculture will also destroy all the biodiversity that lives there. And its impact will be felt far beyond those 560.000 hectares, as the human wildlife conflict that will ensue will result in the killing of many protected species like Jaguars, Spider Monkeys, Giant Otters, and many, many more. Impact on Climate : This will also impact the entire world, as destroying and burning these forests will release a minimum of 330.000.000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, not to mention the annual sequestration of 300.000 tonnes that will no longer happen. Impact on Economy : Finally, this will mean the end of Suriname's status as a carbon negative country, and in so doing, we will lose the potential of earning up to 2 bln USD annually for the carbon storage and absorption services that our forest provides. The ask : I call upon the President of the Republic of Suriname to stop this process and to provide formal, written assurances that this will not happen without a public debate and that we will abide by the international rule of law regarding indigenous and tribal people and lands, which means that there must be Free, Prior and Informed Consent! I am a citizen of the greenest, most forested country on earth, and I will not have that identity taken away from me without a fight. The forest belongs to all of us, it is our heritage and cannot be allowed to be destroyed. Join me and sign this petition. LETS STAY STRONG AND STAY GREEN! https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/the_president_of_the_republic_of_suriname_keep_suriname_the_greenest_country_on_earth/?cMSuLtb&utm_source=sharetools&utm_medium=copy&utm_campaign=petition-1719208-keep_suriname_the_greenest_country_on_earth&utm_term=cMSuLtb%2Ben

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  • George Kariuki

    12 w

    The situation in Suriname is deeply concerning.

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    • We Don't Have Time

      13 w

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      • Esther Wanjiku

        13 w

        Absolutely crazy, Suriname was doing just fine and now they just decide to shelve off a huge percentage of forest cover ?

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        • Joseph Githinji

          13 w

          @esther_wanjiku_785 This is an insane decision that must be called off by all means possible.

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        • walter lungayi

          13 w

          This is devastating news for the environment and biodiversity. We need to prioritize conservation efforts to protect our planet's green spaces.

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          • Joseph Githinji

            13 w

            @walter_lungayi conservation over profits is the mantra.

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          • Elizabeth Gathigia

            13 w

            Really sad news,

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

              13 w

              It's disheartening to witness Suriname, known as the greenest country on earth, facing the threat of significant deforestation for large-scale agriculture. The potential loss of primary forests, impact on indigenous communities, biodiversity, climate, and the economy underscores the urgency of addressing such actions. The call for the President of Suriname to halt this process, ensure public debate, and adhere to international laws regarding indigenous lands is crucial. Preserving Suriname's unique identity as a carbon-negative country requires collective efforts. Signing the petition to protect the nation's forests is a meaningful step towards fostering environmental sustainability.

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              • Esther Wanjiku

                13 w

                @rukia_ahmed_abdi It just beats any sense why they would resort to indiscriminate tree cutting while they were doing so well

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              • Joseph Githinji

                13 w

                This is disappointing, the President of the Republic of Suriname must work around the clock to stop this from happening. Suriname must remain green for the sake of its people and the planet.

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                • Princess

                  13 w

                  Urgent action is needed to protect Suriname's natural heritage.

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                  • Rashid Kamau

                    13 w

                    They should reconsider this disappointing act and instead conserve the forests.

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                    • Rotich Kim

                      13 w

                      This is so discouraging

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                      • Marine Stephan

                        13 w

                        This is bad!

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                        • Markus Lutteman

                          13 w

                          Really sad.

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                          • Tabitha Kimani

                            13 w

                            This are sad news. Wish there is anybody who could stop this government from destroying nature.

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                            • Kevin

                              13 w

                              This is totally insane, how does a country shift its position this randomly?

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                              • Sarah Chabane

                                13 w

                                What....... that makes no sense!!

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