In the midst of Suriname’s foray into the oil and gas sector, Eblein Frangie, an influential figure in the banking industry, delivered a thought-provoking presentation on the imperative of transitioning to a green economy. Frangie emphasized the significance of understanding the mechanics of carbon credits, formulating a national climate strategy, and involving all stakeholders in the process. This article delves into Frangie’s key points and highlights the importance of collective action for Suriname’s sustainable future. Read the previous articles here. 
Understanding the Mechanism of Carbon Credits
Frangie underscored the necessity of comprehending how carbon credits function and avoiding a mere replication of strategies implemented by other countries. He cautioned against a hasty approach, urging Suriname to adopt a nuanced understanding of the carbon market. By focusing on carbon removal, rather than solely reduction, the country can position itself strategically to maximize revenues and contribute meaningfully to global carbon neutrality efforts.
Developing a National Climate Strategy
Frangie articulated the need for Suriname to craft a comprehensive National Climate Strategy that aligns with its broader economic objectives. Recognizing that the country’s major export revenues are derived from industries such as gold and wood, Frangie urged policymakers to evaluate the impact of these sectors on forest and carbon quality. By integrating carbon credits into the economic strategy, Suriname can foster sustainable practices that preserve its natural resources for future generations.
Involving All Stakeholders
Frangie emphasized that issuing carbon credits should not be the sole responsibility of the government or consultants. Instead, it should be a collaborative effort involving all stakeholders, including local communities and companies operating within the forested areas. Frangie highlighted the importance of creating awareness among the people living in these regions, ensuring that they understand the expectations associated with carbon credit issuance. Furthermore, involving companies in the transition to sustainable practices will facilitate a smoother and more effective shift towards a green economy.
Building a Sustainable Future Together
Frangie concluded his presentation by emphasizing the urgency of thinking beyond immediate profit and prioritizing Suriname’s sustainable future. He stressed the need for collective action and engagement from all stakeholders, transcending government-led initiatives. Frangie urged the nation to embark on a collaborative journey, where every individual and organization involved understands their role in fostering sustainable practices and aligning with the expectations of carbon credit programs.
Eblein Frangie’s insights shed light on the transformative power of carbon credits and the significance of transitioning to a green economy in Suriname. By understanding the intricacies of the carbon market, formulating a comprehensive climate strategy, and involving all stakeholders, Suriname can pave the way for a sustainable future. Frangie’s call for collective action serves as a reminder that the responsibility of achieving a greener Suriname rests upon the shoulders of every citizen, company, and organization committed to long-term environmental stewardship.

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