Roaming Art Exhibition Gets Underway

On Monday 11th June 2018, an environmental art exhibition entitled "Treasures Among Us" was launched at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Port of Spain.  Under the patronage of Senator the Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development, this exhibition highlights the talents of local artists in thirty mounted pieces in varied media.  The art exhibition was conceptualized as a communication vehicle under the four-year project "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" which is being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Read more about the exhibition launch at this link.

Community Caravan visits Manzanilla

The first leg of the Community Caravan took the Nariva Swamp public awareness team to the communities of Manzanilla and Plum Road on Tuesday 8th May 2018.  Team members included the Forestry Division, Environmental Management Authority, Brigand Hill Friends of the Environment and the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning.  The Caravan brought residents information and awareness of the assets of this protected area, the threats which currently face its management, the people involved in its conservation and the value of the swamp locally and internationally.  The public awareness exercise continues in the communities of Plum Mitan, Biche, Cuche and Navet over coming days.  Read more about the first leg of the caravan at this link.

Easter Weekend Outreach builds awareness

The Easter Weekend served as a useful platform for outreach activities in public awareness at the Nariva Swamp.  Teams engaged in fire patrols from the Forestry Division and local community-based organisations took the opportunity to meet with persons who were visiting the coastal region and Jagruma River areas to share information on the value of this protected area.  Through the support of the Environmental Management Authority, garbage bags were supplied to visitors from the ICare programme to assist in disposal of plastic containers.  Brief reports on the exercise have been provided by the Forestry Division and the Biche Environmental Action Group.  Enjoy reading and learning about this initiative.

Celebrating the International Day of Forests 2018

March 21st marks the global annual observance of the International Day of Forests.  This year, the theme of the observance is: Forests and Sustainable Cities. Locally, attention has been paid to the value of forest cover for the role it plays in maintaining our watersheds, reducing erosion, filtering the air, producing oxygen, creating habitats for our wildlife and in general... sustaining life!

Forest management and propagation come into focus in these two blog articles, prepared by Ms Khadija Bourne of the Forestry Division.  Enjoy reading Championship Trees and Tree Hazard Ratings and remember to keep loving our forests and our TT trees!  #iloveTTtrees

Views and Reviews at Lessons Learned Workshop

Two weeks ago, the second annual "Lessons Learned Workshop" was hosted by the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project.  The workshop was attended by a wide range of stakeholders who are involved in the project.  They reviewed approaches being undertaken towards the project's goal and discussed mechanisms for taking the main gains of this initiative forward in their respective day-to-day operations.  Learn more about the two-day event at this link.