Farmers explore self-check options for pesticide use

The second session of a special workshop for farmers in the Plum Mitan area took place on 31st October 2017.  The workshop was developed to assist in addressing threats to the Nariva Swamp Environmentally Sensitive Area, presented by the use of harmful chemicals including extremely toxic pesticides.

In this session of the two-day workshop, the farmers learned about some options for conducting self-checks for their personal, produce and consumer health.  Learn more about the workshop at this link.

Farming for Food, Health and Environmental Security

In the lead-up to this year's observance of World Food Day, the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project initiated a timely step, in hosting a farmers' workshop in Plum Mitan, Trinidad.


This workshop, entitled "Farming for Food, Health and Environmental Security" assisted farmers in examining some of their farming practices to reduce the use of harmful chemicals on their farms.

Located within the northern portion of the Nariva Swamp Environmentally Sensitive Area, this particular group of farmers was identified as a key audience for sharing information and new techniques in pest control to help improve the management of the protected area.

Learn more about the workshop at this link.

National Consultation on Draft Protected Areas System Plan

A meeting of key Government and civil society stakeholders was held on Friday 8th September 2017 in Trinidad, as a one-day National Consultation on a Draft Protected Areas System Plan.  This followed a similar meeting earlier on Tuesday 5th September 2017 in Tobago.  The meeting sought to discuss preliminary recommendations for harmonizing existing protected area sites with proposed sites, in order to develop the most feasible network of sites based on the criteria of representation, redundancy, resilience and realism.  Dr. Howard Nelson, a consultant to the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project presented the draft plan.  Learn more about the discussions at this link.

ERIC receives National Energy Globe Award

The Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC) recently was recognised for its contributions to climate change awareness and action with a National Energy Globe Award for Trinidad and Tobago.

ERIC, an active participant on the Climate Change Champions network is also represented on both the Steering Committee and the Tobago Subcommittee for the project "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago".  Read more about this special achievement and the presentation of the award at this link.

Interpretive Trail Design and Maintenance Course Ends

 The fifth and last module of the Interpretive Trail Design and Maintenance Course took place earlier this month, with activities coming to a close in west Trinidad.  Some twenty-five participants put their earlier learning on the course to use, designing a series of trails at the Botanical Gardens, Port of Spain.  Learn more about their experiences in the last module at this link.