Cirad, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, is an organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions. Through an approach combining life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences applied to agriculture, the environment and territorial management, it contributes to several global challenges: food security, climate change, natural resource management, reduction of inequalities and poverty alleviation.
In French Guiana, Cirad collaborates with regional researchers and higher education partners to study and promote local biodiversity and use of natural resources. Its research relies on experimental and observation sites and advanced technology platforms. The two main axes of the research led by the Cirad within the join research unit Ecology of Guiana Forests aim (1) to understand the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of managed and undisturbed tropical forests in a context of climate change and anthropic pressure, and (2) to foster innovative uses of forest resources. This research produces applied outcomes for ecosystem management (an especially reduced-impact logging), and assessment of the role of tropical rainforests in the global carbon cycle.
Within MOVE, Cirad will mainly contribute to the mapping of the stakeholder landscape, prioritizing needs and assessing available tools in French Guiana. It will also participate to the development and testing of mapping tools. Cirad staff members involved in MOVE are Géraldine Derroire, a researcher in forest ecology, and Aurélie Dourdain, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist.