Improving Environmental Management in the Mining Sector of Suriname, with Emphasis on Gold Mining

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From May 24, 2018 to May 24, 2025

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  2. 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management
  3. 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Project ID: 5627

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Technical team

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity


  • Ecosystem-based mitigation
  • Wildlife conservation


  • Forests


  • Tropical forests

Transformed sector(s)

  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Metals and Mining

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Convening / Partnerships / Knowledge Sharing
  • Data collection and analysis


  • Governance
  • Law regulation
  • Capacity building


  • Institutional framework
  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Sustainable land management
  • Waste management
  • Pollution control
  • Institutional capacity building
  • Technical capacity building
  • Alignment

Social inclusion

  • Private sector
  • Local community/CSOs
  • Artisanal miners

Gender equality

  • Livelihoods for women
  • Gender-responsive policies

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation
  • Reduce exposure

SDG target(s)

  • 15.5 Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction
  • 15.b Mobilize resources, incentives for sustainable forest management
  • 15.2 Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation

Conventions and protocols

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Private sector(s)

  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises

Hot topic

  • Nature-based solution

About this project


Global environmental benefits will be achieved through significant institutional strengthening and coordination, enhanced inter-institutional collaboration, drafting of environmental policies for small and medium-scale gold mining and of a strategy for the sector, awareness raising and extensive training and provision of guidance to promote uptake of less environmentally harmful mining practices, among other elements.


To improve the management of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Suriname (ASGM) and promote uptake of environmentally responsible mining technologies in order to reduce the negative effects on biodiversity, forests, water, and local communities, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

USD $7,698,631

Grant amount

USD $22,132,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($7,698,631)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Suriname

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