Monitoring Protocols tested at Caroni Swamp

The Caroni Swamp Visitor Centre was the site of a recent workshop to test marine monitoring protocols that are being developed for the protected area.  Personnel from the Institute of Marine Affairs led the activity, with a focus on collection of water quality data, presence and abundance of key bird and mammalian species and other parameters.  Participants in the workshop were introduced to online apps that can assist in the data collection exercises and were able to go into the field to gain familiarity with the techniques and the general environment that will be monitored.  Similar workshops will be held at the Nariva Swamp and in North-East Tobago.  The monitoring protocols are being developed as a key output of the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project which is being undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN) on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.