Thursday, 30 July 2015

IFPAM Project - Stakeholder Interaction!

As implementation of the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management (IFPAM) in Trinidad and Tobago begins, it is important that key stakeholders understand their roles and responsibilities to assist in achieving the Project's objectives and deliverables.  

One such key institutional partner is the Tobago House of Assembly (THA). The THA is empowered to formulate and implement policy, propose and adopt Bills, and lead on developing the skills needed for the sustainable management of natural resources on the island.   

In this regard, on Monday 27th July, 2015, a meeting was arranged to formally introduce the Project Coordinating Unit to representatives of the THA as well as to share the final approved project and to devise plans for implementing the project in Tobago.

Ms. Neila Bobb-Prescott (Chief Technical Advisor, IFPAM Project) handing over the IFPAM Project Brief  to representatives of the THA after the meeting.

>> For background information, project and other key documentation, and progress updates on the IFPAM Project, go to the "GEF Forests and PAs Project" Page located next to the Home tab at the top of the Green days by the EPPD blog >>

Monday, 27 July 2015

Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago Project – Call for Expression of Interest!

Work has begun on the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management (IFPAM) in Trinidad and Tobago Project! The IFPAM Project is a full scale project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the European Union and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  The project’s overarching objective is to improve the sustainability of protected areas systems in Trinidad and Tobago.  For a brief overview of the Project, its components and expected outputs, click on the link below:
FAO  is currently seeking consultants to develop a methodology to monitor the status of selected wildlife species as identified in the Project Document. Interested candidates can access further details and instructions on the application process from the link below: 
Deadline for the submission of Expressions of Interest is:  4:00pm on August 31, 2015


Friday, 24 July 2015

Carbon Reduction Strategy Stakeholder Consultation

To help develop the Implementation Framework of the Carbon Reduction Strategy (CRS) that was approved in July 2015, the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit (MEAU) of the Ministry of Planning and Development organised a stakeholder consultation to engage and receive feedback from stakeholders on the assessments conducted and recommendations proposed. 

This Consultation was held on July 23rd, 2015. In total 52 representatives from stakeholder agencies in the electrical power generation, transport and industrial sectors were present. 

Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh (Head, MEAU) addressing participants at the CRS Consultation, July 23rd, 2015

The Institutional Capacity Assessment which outlined capacity gaps and options for institutional strengthening and the recommendations for an Implementation Framework for the Strategy, which sought to identify activities to achieve the implementation of the Carbon Reduction Strategy were presented and discussed.

Participants during a break out session discussing and identifying activities to implement the CRS.

There was consensus amongst the stakeholders for a more active role by the public and private sector and the need for public awareness in low carbon development and reducing our contribution to greenhouse gas emissions as part of country dialogue and development.