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In Mammalian Biology in South America (1982), pages 491-504, edited by Michael A. Mares and Hugh H. Genoways. (The Pymatuning Symposia in Ecology) (Special publication series / Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology, University of Pittsburgh; v. 6).
A cooperative program between the Foundation for Nature Preservation in Suriname and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to survey the small mammals of Suriname is reviewed. The program has proven to be mutually beneficial and it is presented as a model for development of similar programs in the future. The technical assistance requested by the Foundation for Nature Preservation in Suriname concerned the distribution and natural history of small mammals, especially those occurring in the Nature Parks and Reserves. The Government of Suriname has established an excellent system of Reserves and Parks throughout the country. They are trying to establish a system of managing these areas, to insure their preservation for future generations. The first step in establishing a management system is a basic resources inventory to learn what resources are being managed. The country was also interested in training personnel in research methods and acquiring a synoptic reference collection for continued studies. By cooperating with the Foundation for Nature Preservation, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History received logistical and personnel support for field work and obtained a wide variety of data which will be used in current and future basic research projects.