Since its establishment in 2003, Tropenbos International Suriname aims at the wise use of the forest so that the country can maintain its high forested and low deforestation status and at the same time improve the national living standards.
The TBI Suriname approach focuses on 1) creating new and/or sharing existing knowledge, 2) capacity building of partner organizations and individuals, 3) improving communication and 4) promoting dialogue through the organization of periodic seminars and workshops, which focus on policy, production and research.
Together with partners TBI Suriname has worked on issues such as Legality of timber and trade, implementation of the CELOS Management System, promoting a national code of practice, the role of minor timber products and forest financing mechanisms including REDD+.
With the implementation of a Multidisciplinary Landscape Assessment the potential of forest resources in the south of the Para district was assessed together with and from the perspective of the local communities.
From 2009 onwards, TBI Suriname has been managing the four-year Capacity Fund for Forests and Nature (CBN fund). This Fund aims to increase the capacity and awareness of organizations and people working in different segments related to the forest and nature. The Fund has broadened our action radius significantly and increased the visibility of the programme.
With the introduction of the quarterly specialist magazine “Vakblad Bos en Natuur” in January 2010, the exchange of information among professionals, students and the general public has improved significantly.
At the national level, TBI Suriname works in partnership with, among others the Ministry of Physical Planning, Land and Forest Management (ROGB), the Foundation for Forest Management and Production Control (SBB), the Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS), and the Centre for Agricultural Research in Suriname (CELOS). At the international level we collaborate with Wageningen University and Research Centre.
The program operates in the northern part of the country where the Forestry Belt is situated.