Trinidad and Tobago

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Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 1 - Just started, limited progress 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 4 - Activity completed 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 2 - Activity fully underway 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2017

Improvements to legal and institutional arrangements for protected areas management.
2014 - 2016 $295,000
2014 $20,000 1.1 National legislation enacted for wildlife conservation, national parks and other protected areas.
2015 $80,000 1.2 National protected areas system plan agreed and published (130,000ha).
2016 $15,000 1. 3 A minimum of five new sites designated as formal protected areas under the new legislation (expected to cover about 35,000 ha)
2015 $40,000 1.4 National Forest and Protected Areas Management Authority staff (about 100) trained in current best practices in protected area management and biodiversity conservation.
2014 $80,000 1.5 Management plans produced for the five pilot sites.
2015 $60,000 1.6 Threats to biodiversity conservation identified and appropriate actions taken.
Development and testing of sustainable financing system.
2014 - 2017 $335,000
2016 $25,000 2.1 National Forest and Protected Areas (NFPA) Fund established through legislation and board of trustees appointed.
2014 $30,000 2.2 Operating procedures and manuals agreed and produced
2015 $10,000 2.3 National Forest and Protected Areas Management Authority staff (70) trained in operation of the new system.
2015 $10,000 2.4 Senior staff and protected area managers (25) trained in budget planning, PES and other innovative financing techniques.
2016 $10,000 2.5 Funding requirements for management of protected area system assessed and agreed.
2016 $20,000 2.6 Strategic plan for sustainable financing produced.
2016 $30,000 2.7 System of user fees designed, piloted and operating in two protected areas.
2017 $200,000 2.8 NFPA fund capitalised by implementation of the new financing system.
Monitoring, evaluation and information dissemination.
2014 - 2017 $215,000
2015 $80,000 3.1 Management Information System (MIS) developed and implemented for protected area monitoring and assessment and reporting to international conventions.
2014 $15,000 3.2 Ecological research and monitoring programme to guide protected area management prepared.
2015 $60,000 3.3 Public education and awareness programme redesigned and implemented.
2016 $20,000 3.4. Project monitoring system operating providing systematic information on progress in meeting project outcome and output targets.
2017 $25,000 3.5 Project-related “best-practices” and “lessons-learned” evaluated and published.
2015 $15,000 3.6 Website to share the experience and information dissemination.

GEF Projects

Trinidad and Tobago is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 16 countries : Antigua And Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts And Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Building Capacity for Conducting Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments in the Caribbean Region Climate Change 1999-12-23 CEO Approved 117,744 USD 0
Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water (GloBallast Partnerships) International Waters 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 6,387,840 USD 17,701,939 USD
Fuel Cells Financing Initiative for Distributed Generation Applications (Phase 1) Climate Change 2003-11-21 Under Implementation 6,575,000 USD 9,000,000 USD
Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management (IWCAM) in the Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean International Waters 2004-05-21 2011-07-01 Under Implementation 13,990,841 USD 98,269,493 USD
Reduction of Environmental Impact from Tropical Shrimp Trawling through Introduction of By-catch Technologies and Change of Management International Waters 2000-11-01 IA Approved 4,780,000 USD 4,440,000 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2003-06-13 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
Initial assistance to enable Trinidad and Tobago to fulfill its obligations under the Stockholm Convention on POPs POPs 2006-02-07 CEO Approved 425,500 USD 400,000 USD
National Biodiversity Strategy, Action Plan and First Report to the CBD Biodiversity 1997-05-30 IA Approved 127,000 USD 0
Protected Areas and Wildlife Management Project Biodiversity 2000-02-01 Cancelled 4,200,000 USD 12,600,000 USD
Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ) Biodiversity 2009-01-27 CEO Endorsed 6,363,637 USD 14,045,000 USD
Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean Biodiversity 2008-02-22 CEO Endorsed 2,799,887 USD 3,084,247 USD
BS Regional Project for Implementing National Biosafety Frameworks in the Caribbean Sub-region - under the GEF Biosafety Program Biodiversity 2008-04-24 CEO Endorsed 6,082,995 USD 6,918,624 USD
Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme Climate Change 2000-07-01 2009-12-31 Project Completion 4,776,000 USD 12,450,000 USD
Caribbean: Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change Climate Change 2001-12-07 2009-03-30 Project Closure 5,345,000 USD 4,300,000 USD
Caribbean Planning for Adaptation to Global Climate Change (CARICOM) Climate Change 1995-05-04 2002-11-29 Project Closure 6,825,000 USD 0
Improving Forest and Protected Area Management Biodiversity 2012-06-07 Council Approved 2,790,000 USD 11,460,000 USD
National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA) for Global Environmental Management Multi Focal Area 2004-05-14 2005-08-31 Project Closure 206,500 USD 23,100 USD
Enabling Trinidad and Tobago to Prepare its First National Communication in Response to its Commitments to UNFCCC Climate Change 1998-01-22 IA Approved 218,870 USD 120,000 USD

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