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After many behind-the-scenes
preparation efforts, Stg. Peperpot Nature Park has succeeded in
jump-starting the first ever research project at the Peperpot
The goal of the "Biodiversity Quick
Assessment" is to establish baseline data
as to the type of biodiversity present in the Peperpot Nature
Corridor. Due to budget constraints, the choice was made to
commence with mapping the type of vegetation as well as birds
present in the Corridor. Follow up research will incorporate
large & small mammals, fish, bats, etc.
This important first-ever baseline research project would not
have been a reality without the generous support of our sponsor
WWF Guianas, both in terms of financial as well as technical /
logistical support. A special
thanks goes out to Gerold Zondervan, Regional Advisor WWF
Guianas for all his advise and support in helping to bring
together all the needed partners for this research project.
Further thanks goes to Trésor Foundation in French Guiana
from the Utrecht University who is collaborating as our research
partner in the "Biodiversity Quick Assessment,"
with special thanks to Vijko
& Pipasi for their enormous enthusiasm & commitment to the
Working with researcher
Olivier Tostain from Trésor has been a wonderful
experience for us locally. He's been enormously generous in
sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with the students
locally and he's been most of all very easy-going.
Furthermore, the close cooperation with the National Herbarium
of Suriname has added an invaluable dimension to the Peperpot
research project. Department
head, Dorothy Traag, has been a great help in both supporting
the research project as well as seamlessly integrating the
student involvement as part of the "Biodiversity Quick
Also, the great service & support from the Nature Conservation
Division, Suriname Forest Service, made a huge difference in
getting the research project officially launched in a timely
fashion. Special thanks goes to
Hesdy Esajas, acting Director LBB (Lands Bosbeheer) & Mrs.
Claudine Sakimin, Head Nature Conservation Division.
The research project was also greatly enhanced by
Master-student and avid bird
watcher, Serano Ramcharan, who chose to conduct a
scientifically based bird assessment at Peperpot as part of his
Master thesis. The goal of Serano's research is to establish a
baseline set of the different types of birds that are present in
the various areas within the corridor. With this assessment, a
foundation will be created, for stimulating and continuing forth
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Click below on the corridor map
or the link below to view a photo report of each
of the days of the "Peperpot
Biodiversity Quick Assessment, part I."
Part II will continue in
January 2012, where researcher Olivier Tostain will be joined by
botanist Guillaume Léotard.
Sjak-Shie, Interim Manager
Stg. Peperpot Nature Park, January 1, 2012