Baseline Biological Survey Report

A baseline biological survey of six pilot protected areas was undertaken in 2017 as part of the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project.  The main aims of the survey were to:

  • Determine the presence and status of as many as possible indicator species (outlined in the IFPAMTT project document) using rapid assessment protocols
  • Map areas of disturbed and degraded vegetation in each pilot protected area
  • Analyse the data gathered to propose indicator taxa lists for each pilot protected area
  • Propose final monitoring methods

A brief presentation on the output of this survey is provided at this link.

Annual Lessons Learned Workshop

The Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago (IFPAMTT) project has undertaken a participatory approach in its execution, which involves a range of forest and protected area stakeholders.  Representatives from Government agencies, non-governmental organisations and community-based organisations working together on a project Steering Committee, Pilot Protected Area Subcommittees and Working Groups have coordinated and piloted activities geared towards building awareness and enhancing management of the six project sites.  Annually, a self-evaluation exercise titled the "Lessons Learned Workshop" has been organised to enable sharing of experiences and distilling key approaches that are useful in sustaining project outcomes.  Reports generated by these sessions are available for public reference.

Lessons Learned Workshop 2017

Lessons Learned Workshop 2018

 

Application of a Gender Lens to Environmental Management

Representatives of various stakeholder organizations that are engaged in the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project participated in two workshops which explored the application of a gender lens to projects in environmental management.

Participants learned how to conduct a gender analysis in their projects and to use the findings of these analyses in project development and implementation.  Reports on each session, held in December 2017 and January 2018 are provided.

Livelihood Assessment Study 2017

A Livelihood Assessment Study was undertaken in communities surrounding the Matura Forest and Coastal Zone Pilot Protected Area (PPA) in 2017.  The study was an activity requested by the Subcommittee for the PPA under the "Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago" project (2015-2019).  The study sought to determine how people who live in these communities are engaging with the protected area in their livelihood activities, as well as to explore what may be feasible, sustainable livelihoods that can be developed in this region that can assist in management of the site.

The report generated from this study can be found at this link.