The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in association with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), is currently preparing for a large-scale project on “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago”.
The project is aimed at adopting measures that increase efficiency, improve cost-effectiveness and secure the long-term financial feasibility of protected areas management in Trinidad and Tobago. Previous major steps undertaken towards the implementation of this Project included the convening of an Inception and Mid-Term Stakeholder Workshops, on October 31 to November 1, 2012 and April 24, 2013, respectively.
The objective of these Workshops were to solicit input on the project design from a wide range of stakeholders; including community groups, civil society organizations, private sector, academia and research institutions, NGOs, governmental agencies and local authorities, and then to provide the stakeholders with the progress made and ideas proposed by the national and international consultants recruited to prepare the final project document.
On September 27, 2013 at the Environmental Management Authority’s (EMA’s) Large Conference Room, in St. Clair, Port-of-Spain a Terminal Stakeholder Workshop was held. The Workshop was held with the objective of re-engaging key stakeholders to discuss opportunities for their involvement in the implementation of the project, whilst also obtaining their validation and endorsement on the final document produced by the consultants, particularly on the activities needed under the four components of the project:
- Improvements to the legal and institutional arrangements for protected area (PA) management.
- Improvements to infrastructure for biodiversity conservation and forest restoration.
- Development and testing of sustainable financing system
- Monitoring and evaluation and information dissemination
Consultant and Team Leader, Dr. Howard Nelson addresses the participants at the Terminal Stakeholder Workshop.
A facilitated discussion at the Terminal Stakeholder Workshop.