Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

GEPOG addresses the progress of actions!

On February 21, 2020, GEPOG organized its second monitoring committee in the presence of 39 Guyanese actors, present to follow the progress of the Life BIODIV’OM “savannahs and invasive alien species” project.

Follow-up committee n ° 2 © A. Ricardou / GEPOG

The monitoring committee

Hosted for the occasion by the town hall of Rémire-Montjoly, commune of residence of GEPOG, this committee allowed to take stock of the progress of the project since its launch. Several themes were addressed such as project coordination, writing management strategies for Acacia mangium and Niaouli Melaleuca quinquenervia, carrying out management test protocols for niaouli, testing local species to replace the uses made acacia, as well as the communication, awareness and training planned for the project.

Other actors also intervened, such as the Guiana Space Center, which gave an update on progress on the management of the two target species within their lands. The Local Public School for Agricultural Education and Training (EPLEFPA) also took stock of the collaboration and actions undertaken within the framework of this project since 2019.

Protect Guyana Savannahs

As a reminder, the “savannah” section of Life BIODIV’OM aims to:
– set up a management method for Acacia mangium and test methods on Niaouli, two introduced plant species which threaten savannas.
– test the cultivation of local species capable of replacing Acacia mangium and fulfill its uses.
– communicate and raise awareness among the general public, decision-makers and socio-economic players about the richness of Guyana’s savannahs and the threats that invasive exotic plant species represent on this ecosystem.