Chance of Coral Bleaching high in 2019

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) has shared information on a "Coral Bleaching Alert" for Trinidad and Tobago.  There is a 60% chance of this type of incidence over the period August - October 2019, owing to the above average sea surface temperatures for this time of year.  Read more in their media release, at this link.

Socioeconomic Survey Enumerator Training Begins

A team of persons began training with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) on 12th August 2019 in preparation for a "Socioeconomic Survey of selected communities near protected areas in Trinidad and Tobago".  This survey is being undertaken under the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project, which is being administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN) on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  Training is taking place over two weeks and subsequently, the survey is expected to start in September 2019 for a six-week period.  Data collected in this survey is expected to assist in national decision making in support of protected area management.  Read more about this event in an article about the media launch of the survey enumerator training workshop at this link

Socioeconomic Survey Enumerator Training Begins

A team of persons began training with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) on 12th August 2019 in preparation for a "Socioeconomic Survey of selected communities near protected areas in Trinidad and Tobago".  This survey is being undertaken under the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project, which is being administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN) on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  Training is taking place over two weeks and subsequently, the survey is expected to start in September 2019 for a six-week period.  Data collected in this survey is expected to assist in national decision making in support of protected area management.  Read more about this event in an article about the media launch of the survey enumerator training workshop at this link

Main Ridge Forest Reserve anniversary celebrations

In recognition of the 243rd anniversary of the declaration of the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, the Department of Natural Resources and Forestry and Environment Tobago jointly undertook two activities.  The first took the form of a "Main Ridge Forest Fitness Challenge" in which the public was invited to take part in a run/walk/cycle challenge across the main road which runs through the Main Ridge Forest Reserve.  Participants either chose to undertake a 14 km full challenge or a 7 km half challenge, which ended at the Bloody Bay visitor facility.  All finishers were rewarded with medals and the fastest finisher in various age and gender categories received prizes.  The second event was a "Kids Jamboree" hosted for pre-school students from the surrounding area.  The youngsters enjoyed sing-alongs, stories and skits on environmental themes, as well as a petting zoo.  The keen interest and participation from the public in these events has encouraged the organizers to consider hosting these as an annual undertaking.  A brief report on the anniversary celebration is available at this link.

Communicating with IFPAMTT

In late February, a two-day communication workshop was held among stakeholders involved in the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project.

This workshop sought to review the journey in communication adopted by the project, while building understanding of the processes involved in the development of key communication products.

Read more about the activity at this link.