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.


New discussion document looks at private lands in protected areas

One particular issue has emerged in discussions on management of protected areas in each of the IFPAM project’s Subcommittees; this issue is: how is the situation of private lands within a protected area to be addressed?  People enjoy the benefit of their land ownership in various ways.  The private lands that are located within six pilot sites of the IFPAM project demonstrate the multitude of uses by which the landowners exercise their right of ownership.

Are these uses harmonious with the protected status of the lands that they adjoin?  Are there circumstances directly linked with the land use that may impact negatively on the protected areas?  What is the best way to resolve negative impacts and create ‘win-win’ scenarios for all involved?

These questions and more are addressed in the latest issue of the Information Leaf entitled “Can private lands exist in protected areas”.

Learn about the issue at this link.