Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It's defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture. On its Atlantic coast is the capital, Paramaribo, where palm gardens grow near Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century trading post. Paramaribo is also home to Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, a towering wood cathedral consecrated in 1885.
Suriname can be divided into two main geographic regions; the coastal lowlands of the north, and the tropical rainforests and savanna of the west and south.
A few small mountain ranges disect the fertile land, with the De Hann and Van Asch Van Wijck the most significant.
Suriname is home to the WJ van Bloomenstein Lake, one of the largest reservoir lakes on the planet; created by a river dam, it provides hydro power for many of the country's industries.
Almost 14% is allocated to a series of National Parks (NP) and Nature Reserves (NR). A land of rivers, and major ones include the Coppename, Corantyne, Gran, Lucie, Marowijne and Saramacca.
Suriname can both maintain its wilderness and intensify agricultural production through a landscape approach. This is made possible by the global market’s recently expanded interest in organic products and those using sustainable methods of farming, allowing for higher incomes with less collateral damage.