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.

New Issue of ProtectEd Newsletter

The new issue of the newsletter ProtectEd has been released.  This December 2019 issue marks the last release of the newsletter as the IFPAMTT project has entered its last five months.  The IFPAMTT project team is thankful for all readers and feedback received from them over the past four years.  Please enjoy reading this issue and share with your networks!  You can access the latest issue at this link.

Official handover of Enforcement Officer resources

The official handover of new resources to various Enforcement Officer teams took place on 11th December 2019 at a brief event hosted by the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project.  These resources - An Enforcement Officers Guidebook, Standard operating Procedure, and Quick Reference Card - will assist officers in identifying protected areas, the environmental laws governing their use and improve efficiency and networking for environmental management and enforcement.  The handover event was addressed by Ms Melanie Noel, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Planning and Development and Mr. Reuben Robertson, Country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.  Agencies whose representatives were on hand to receive the resources included the Environmental Management Authority, the Forestry Division and Wildlife Section, and the Municipal Police.  Other enforcement agencies will receive packages of resources in coming weeks.