Local NGO featured on "Blue Planet" series

The excellent work being undertaken by the Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association was featured in the BBC-produced documentary, "Blue Planet".

Learn more about the story of these villagers' decision to be actively involved in conservation of marine turtles as told by Mr. Len Peters.  The Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association is an active member of the Matura Forest and Coastal Zone Pilot Protected Area Subcommittee under the project "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago".

View a portion of the "Blue Planet" episode at this link.

Public Awareness Walkabout in Charlotteville

Members of the Tobago Pilot Protected Areas Subcommittee embarked on a village walkabout exercise in the village of Charlotteville on November 28th 2017.   

The exercise was geared towards sharing information about the North-East Tobago Marine pilot protected area and the Main Ridge Forest Reserve with residents of the coastal village, in order to increase awareness of these sites and improve valuing of the natural resource.  The team answered questions about the natural attributes of the site, the need to manage protected areas and they shared a colourful information brochure which featured six plant and animal species that are found in this part of Tobago.

Read more about this public education exercise at this link.

Farmers explore self-check options for pesticide use

The second session of a special workshop for farmers in the Plum Mitan area took place on 31st October 2017.  The workshop was developed to assist in addressing threats to the Nariva Swamp Environmentally Sensitive Area, presented by the use of harmful chemicals including extremely toxic pesticides.

In this session of the two-day workshop, the farmers learned about some options for conducting self-checks for their personal, produce and consumer health.  Learn more about the workshop at this link.

Farming for Food, Health and Environmental Security

In the lead-up to this year's observance of World Food Day, the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project initiated a timely step, in hosting a farmers' workshop in Plum Mitan, Trinidad.


This workshop, entitled "Farming for Food, Health and Environmental Security" assisted farmers in examining some of their farming practices to reduce the use of harmful chemicals on their farms.

Located within the northern portion of the Nariva Swamp Environmentally Sensitive Area, this particular group of farmers was identified as a key audience for sharing information and new techniques in pest control to help improve the management of the protected area.

Learn more about the workshop at this link.

National Consultation on Draft Protected Areas System Plan

A meeting of key Government and civil society stakeholders was held on Friday 8th September 2017 in Trinidad, as a one-day National Consultation on a Draft Protected Areas System Plan.  This followed a similar meeting earlier on Tuesday 5th September 2017 in Tobago.  The meeting sought to discuss preliminary recommendations for harmonizing existing protected area sites with proposed sites, in order to develop the most feasible network of sites based on the criteria of representation, redundancy, resilience and realism.  Dr. Howard Nelson, a consultant to the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project presented the draft plan.  Learn more about the discussions at this link.