New video features on Protected Areas in T&T

Today's observance of the International Day for Biodiversity is being marked by the release of five new video features on protected areas in Trinidad and Tobago.  The five features are focused on the assets, challenges and stakeholders associated with these sites and underscore the importance of conserving these natural sites.  The features can all be viewed on the YouTube channel associated with this website and can be accessed at this link.  The Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago produced the features and, in partnership with local television stations, the features will also have national broadcast as an educational resource on 22 May 2020 and thereafter.  Tune in and enjoy!

Findings of new KAP Surveys for PAs

Towards the end of 2019, a series of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Surveys was conducted in communities surrounding six pilot protected areas of focus in the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project.  This series of surveys was a repeat investigation, the first having been carried out in 2016-2017.  After the first set of surveys were conducted managers were shared information which guided the development of a communication strategy to build public awareness of these protected areas.  The data collected in the new series of surveys allows comparison with earlier findings to both assess the impact of communication and to further advise on areas of continued work that is needed to assist in management of these protected areas.

Reports on these surveys can be found at this link.

World Wetlands Day 2020 activity report

The "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project, through its Caroni Swamp Subcommittee hosted two activities at the Visitor Centre of the well-known wetland in recognition of this year's World Wetlands Day observance.  These activities, which encouraged the participation of primary school students and teachers, as well as a group of artists and photographers, also piloted novel on-site environmental education approaches in protected areas.  A report on these activities is available at this link.

Sustainable Financing for Protected Areas report

A report on the study undertaken for sustainable financing of protected areas in Trinidad and Tobago is now available on this website.  The study was undertaken as a key activity of the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project" (2015-2020).  The report outlines various recommendations to financially support the management of protected areas including strategies such as: creation of a legal framework to facilitate partnerships; defining management actions to be financed at the system and site levels; identifying and capitalising a fund for protected area management; redesign of the Green Fund; and undertaking a financial needs assessment for a national protected area management system.  The report can be accessed here.

Monitoring Protocols tested at Caroni Swamp

The Caroni Swamp Visitor Centre was the site of a recent workshop to test marine monitoring protocols that are being developed for the protected area.  Personnel from the Institute of Marine Affairs led the activity, with a focus on collection of water quality data, presence and abundance of key bird and mammalian species and other parameters.  Participants in the workshop were introduced to online apps that can assist in the data collection exercises and were able to go into the field to gain familiarity with the techniques and the general environment that will be monitored.  Similar workshops will be held at the Nariva Swamp and in North-East Tobago.  The monitoring protocols are being developed as a key output of the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project which is being undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN) on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.