SURINAME’S MAJOR SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Here come the top three socio-environmental issues in Suriname (based on my personal observations, readings and interviews):

(I will get in more depth on each topic in the following posts)

(1) Gold mining (especially small-scale artisanal gold-mining)

(2) Energy

(3) Urban planning

  • land use changes and biodiversity loss (due to deforestation, hunting, …)
  • pollution of waterways due to mercury use and sedimentation
  • public health (mercury and cyanide intoxication)
  • prostitution, human trafficking, violence

Degraded area after small-scale mining operations (Source: WWF Guianas)

Degraded area after small-scale mining operations (Source: WWF Guianas)

  • renewable energies
  • energy efficiency
  • energy access for remote communities in the interior
  • need for real energy strategy, development plan, policies, fiscal incentives, need for more private sector involvement, etc.

One of the thermal power plants operated by EBS in cenral Paramaribo (very noisy, I can tell you!)

One of the thermal power plants operated by EBS in central Paramaribo (very noisy, I can tell you!)

  • public transport
  • flood prevention and sea level rise adaptation
  • sewage systems and waste water management
  • urban solid waste management
  • green space
Dumpsite I saw at Brownsberg Nature Park

Dumpsite I saw at Brownsberg Nature Park 😦

 

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