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Carrieredag Bos- en
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   April 2010
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Agro Experiments Sites
Biodiversity Bigi Pan
   (MUMA)

Composting
Edible Mushrooms
GUYAGROFOR
TEAM

Projects & Experiments: Experiments: Biodiversity and Economic Valuation of the BIGI PAN Multiple Use Management Area

In July 2004 a research project of CELOS and the Faculty of Technology was funded by
the Suriname Conservation Foundation (SCF).

Objective
The project aims at collecting data on the existing economic activities undertaken in the
area, and trying to design models to determine the economic value. In addition, the biodiversity (vegetation and commercial fish) is studied in relation to the
existing hydrology, water quality and the land use. Essentially, the Bigi Pan Wetland comprises of complex interrelationships. Intraspecific and interspecific interactions occurring between faunal species and their relationships with their environment characterize this wetland. At present the two most economically valuable faunal groups are Fish and Birds. The related food webs, the seasonal hot and wet seasons, the hydrological aspects of the area, the vegetative cover and anthropogenic effects all impact on the carrying capacity of the Bigi Pan for the economically viable industries of fishing and tourism. The inherent interrelatedness of this wetland can be visualized as in the figure below:
Fig.1: Interactions within the Bigi Pan Wetland contributing to its carrying capacity foreconomically valuable species

Overall, the total economic value of the faunal diversity at the Bigi Pan will be derived not only from the estimation of the potential benefits from the fishing and tourism sectors
but from the benefits arising from the presence of a vast number of faunal species which inhabit the wetland. Thisfeature is the underlying basis for the sampling and methodological approach taken.

Preliminary results
General

During this study it was seen that lack of basic
information regarding statistics, is a main
obstacle for calculations. The sectors tourism and fisheries are not structured, and therefore in this report only estimates are used. However, in the next report more detailed data will be available to adjust the preliminary value of the Bigi Pan MUMA. Data on seawalls and fuel wood are a few examples of what should be considered in further completing the calculation. As for a total biodiversity valuation, an additional project will be initiated to integrate ecologists, and biologists. In the next phase vegetation will have their section completed. However, the fauna group will have to extend their measurements for an additional 12 months, to have a total of 18 months sampling, in order to be able to say something about trends.

Hydrology
This huge area along the coast is sometimes quite inaccessible; causing water only to penetrate for 100 m. Due to higher located shell ridges which are stretching from east to west water  inflow is limited. However, local cracks in the natural sea wall permit water at the Coronie side. Tidal influences have not been observed in the pans, water levels are the results of rainfall and evapotranspiration. It is this transpiration that causes the high percentage of silt and fish and mangrove mortality. As for the monitoring of water quality and hydrology, due to insufficient communication with the respective agency, purchasing historic data on water quality was not possible.

Land use
Rice fields, both in use or abandoned cover an area of approximately 3,250ha, whereas
fishing is possible in 8,125 ha, both periodically and throughout the year. Hunters have
at least 6,500 ha of trials leading to hunting grounds. Since tourists mostly stay in Bigi
Pan and the closest pans like Kalebon and Bon Flat, we can surely say that economic
activities are undertaken in less than 1% of the study area. Sand mining is a major threat for the fish population, because of the breeding side of Trapoen in the northern part of this
mining activity. In addition, due to poor management the threats of poaching, over fishing, contamination from the rice sector.

Tourism sector
The past three years a project named Integrated Tourism Development Program (ITDP) has been carried out. It has shown that this industry has the potential to further grow; in the last three years an increase of 40 % occurred (De Ware Tijd, 2005) in Suriname. As such guidelines for buildings in the interior of Suriname have been drafted, a draft tourism law was delivered, as well as the process of a national strategy or policy for tourism development is initiated. Taking this development into consideration it is important to try to link up the touroperators of Bigi Pan to the existing network of guides for gaining skills. Currently there are about 4000 immediate jobs created in the sector. There is need for regulations in this sector looking at the different guides economic actively involved in this industry, without having followed an adequate training.

When looking at the comments of visitors, it was seen that accommodation needs
upgrading, as well as landings, and the condition of boats. Tour operators and or guides
should work towards a fee being paid to the government for exploiting this MUMA. In
addition, they can request some assistance from the government. It is also seen that tour operators should cooperate with each other in order to  professionalize the service, and expand their business. Regarding to this issue, partnerships are crucial since Bigi Pan as one product for which tourists have to travel from Paramaribo, can be disappointing, due to the fewer number of birds seen in the MUMA. It is believed that with one or two additional sites as mentioned in the previous paragraph, visitors will be guaranteed on a satisfactory trip. Perhaps with joint operating the quality of their product can easily be upgraded by training given by the partners. This will also bring variety in the trip, such as a canoe, substituted by a luxury boat with cabins. The general awareness from locals about the Bigi Pan is poor; this was seen during the FAO exhibition in October 2004 in Nickerie. There is need for audio- visual material of this MUMA, not only for schools, but also on the national television and especially for tourists. According to Ouboter
and Adhin (2002) the existing material should be widely distributed, and new material should be developed and presented to the stakeholders and the general public.

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