Communication Workshop for Project Stakeholders

In the months of February and May 2019, a workshop on communication was held among representatives of some of the stakeholder agencies that have been involved in the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project.  The highly interactive sessions enabled participants to review some of the techniques and approaches to communication that were used in the course of project implementation and to improve their own skills.  Led by the Project Coordination Unit personnel, the workshop also had input from participants, who outlined some of the tools used in communicating with audiences in outreach work in communities and with other specialized audiences.  Participants also contributed to the selection of key elements to be included in the development of a Communication Guidelines document, which is an expected output of the current project.  The workshop report is available at this link.

Draft Management Plans for Pilot Protected Areas (2019)

Draft versions of Management Plans for six (6) pilot protected areas were developed as preliminary outputs of the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project in 2019.  The plans propose a management approach for a ten-year period and were developed after extensive consultation with site-associated stakeholders, Government organizations, civil society groups and users of these spaces, as well as incorporation of key materials which were developed in the course of the project's implementation including baseline biological survey, conservation objective statements and site-specific communication strategies.  These initial draft versions of the Management Plans are being shared for public review and prior to the initiation of further public consultations for comment and feedback.

Survey on hummingbird species in Tobago

A survey on the presence and distribution of the unique hummingbird species - the White-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird - was undertaken in locations of the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago over the period December 2018 - February 2019.  The hummingbird has been recorded previously at two locations in Venezuela, but in Trinidad and Tobago, it is found only at certain locations in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve.  The survey was done in order to contribute key information about this species, which is globally near threatened and is listed locally as an Environmentally Sensitive Species.  The data collected contributes to the development of a management plan for the Main Ridge Forest Reserve, a specific deliverable of the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project.  The report on the survey can be found at this link.

Interpretive Trail Design and Maintenance Course Report

The rich natural resources and cultural heritage of Trinidad and Tobago provide a strong basis for development of ecotourism in the country.  In order to strengthen the skills and knowledge of managers of these resources to effectively develop and manage ecotourism products, a training course on interpretive design and trail maintenance was offered over the period November 2016 to September 2017.  The course included lectures, field visits to existing trails in Trinidad and Tobago, discussions and group assignments.  The report on this training course is available at this link.