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.

Draft National Protected Areas System Plan Consultations

The Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago Project (IFPAM) is facilitating National Consultations on a draft National Protected Area System Plan.  A session was held in Tobago on 5th September 2017 at the Community Development Conference Room, Glen Road, and another will take place in Trinidad on 8th September 2017 at the PETROTRIN Pointe-à-Pierre Club.

The National Protected Area System Plan will include a range of sites within the terrestrial, riverine, coastal and marine environment.  The Plan’s intention is to provide a structured framework, as defined in the National Protected Areas Policy (2011), for a system of protected areas ranging from management for strict conservation to management for ecologically sound activities.  The System’s proposed design is guided by representation, resiliency, redundancy and realism in selection of these sites.

Hunting with Tomorrow in Mind

A sustainable hunting campaign targeting the current open hunting season was initiated in Tobago, through a two-day workshop for Game Wardens, Honorary Game Wardens and Forest Officers on the island.  This workshop was an initiative of the “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago” project, which is being administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT).  Read more about the workshop activity at this link.

Results of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey: Caroni Swamp

Following the conduct of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices surveys in communities surrounding pilot protected areas in Matura and Tobago, a similar exercise was carried out in communities surrounding the Caroni Swamp.

These surveys provide some insight on how the local people value these sites and their views on the protected area designation that is applied to the sites.  Additionally, the survey is able to uncover knowledge gaps and learn what is known about the area by those who live in close proximity to the sites.

Summarized information from the survey undertaken around the Caroni Swamp shows that people are knowledgeable about the Swamp and the threats that impact on its viability.  Many understand its ecological importance and others its economic value, and others shared views on how its management can be improved.

Read more about these findings at this link.