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Trinidad and Tobago - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic State which consists of the two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and 21 smaller islands and islets. Trinidad is the larger of the two islands, with an area of approximately 4,827 km2 while Tobago has an area of 303 km2... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Rapid and sustained development in both Trinidad and Tobago has led to changes in the extent and integrity of natural ecosystems. These changes have been most apparent in forests and coastal systems (such as mangroves, coral reef and sea grasses), and have generally been more intensive in the western section of both islands... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago produced its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in 2001. The NBSAP was developed through extensive stakeholder engagement and consultations and identified a number of strategies and actions for improved biodiversity conservation in the following broad categories: Education and Awareness; Legislation and Enforcement; Institution and Capacity; Information and Research; Policy and Commitment... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Initiatives that are being implemented to conserve biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago include the National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabilitation Program... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

In Trinidad and Tobago, there are over 50 laws, policies, plans, strategies and programs which seek to address biodiversity issues which, directly or indirectly, are compatible with the aims and objectives of the CBD... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Trinidad and Tobago recognizes that monitoring biodiversity is not done within a comprehensive or systematic framework. Adoption of the Ecosystem Approach has begun to varying degrees, including research, policy formulation, and project design and implementation... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

Mrs. Vidiah Ramkhelawan
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP
Mr. Kishan Kumarsingh
CBD Secondary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, Protected Areas NFP, GTI NFP, GSPC NFP
Mrs. Esmě Rawlins-Charles
Resource Mobilization FP
Ms. Yasmin S. Baksh-Comeau
GTI NFP
Mr. Johnny Seepersad
GSPC NFP
Dr. Floyd Homer
SBSTTA NFP
Dr. David Persaud
Protected Areas NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mrs. Vidiah Ramkhelawan
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Dr. Joth Singh
BCH NFP

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