Suriname is a negative carbon-emitting country; yet is committed to playing its part in the global fight against climate change. It provides a key ecosystem service to the world. About 94% of Suriname’s territory remains forested, storing about 11 gigatons of carbon and absorbing more than 8.8 million tons of forest carbon annually.
Suriname is also a country with a low-lying coast where over 80% of the population resides, and where the major economic activities and infrastructure are concentrated. These areas are suffering extensive losses and damages from the effects of climate change.
Despite its limited budget, the country has made progress towards climate-resilient and compatible development through a number of green policies and initiatives – in particular, actions to protect and use its forests sustainably, included in its INDC.