Primary School Teachers Workshop, Tobago

A Communication Strategy developed by the Subcommittee for pilot protected areas in Tobago identified teachers and students as a key audience for building knowledge and awareness of assets and benefits of these sites.  A workshop for primary school teachers built around three key topics in the Primary Science Curriculum - food chains, pollution and wetlands - was developed and implemented in October 2018.  The workshop report is provided at this link.

Marine Extractive Users Workshop, Tobago

During development of a Conservation Objective Statement for the proposed north-east Tobago marine pilot protected area, a concern was expressed about harvesting pressure on the near-shore fishery at the site.  Members of the Tobago Subcommittee surmised that this fishing pressure was directly linked to the inability of most fisher folk to access credit to get suitable equipment to fish further offshore.

To address this issue, a one-day workshop focused on the building of financial management skills of fisher folk was conceptualized.  This workshop was offered to fisher folk from communities extending from Castara to Roxborough, and was held on two occasions, in March and July 2018.  A report on the workshops is provided at this link.

 

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.

Enforcement Officers Workshop (2018)

Over the period June - August 2018, three one-day workshops were undertaken as a joint initiative of the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) which were geared towards building knowledge of the legal framework for environmental management among senior enforcement officers.  The workshops were attended by 114 persons, including representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Game Wardens of the Wildlife Division, Forestry Officers, Environmental Police Unit, Police of Regional Corporations and the Customs and Excise Division (Tobago). 

Key presentations were delivered on the Environmental Management Act 2000 Chapter 35:05 and rules, the Conservation of Wildlife Act Chapter 67:01, the Forest Act Chapter 66:01, the State Lands Act Chapter 57:01 an the Town and Country Planning Act Chapter 35:01.  A report on the workshops is provided at this link.