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Protected Areas Working Group Meets For The First Time
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (GISL) -- The first meeting of the Protected Areas Working Group was convened on Friday 27th January, 2017 by Senator the Honourable Clarence Rambharat, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.
At the meeting, discussions focused on details of existing pieces of Legislation, the country’s Forest Resources, Environmentally Sensitive Areas, Policy Formulation, wildlife and wetlands conservation; among others.
In his opening words to the Group, Minister Rambharat said ‘we are serious about protected areas’, noting that discussions will focus on ‘what work has been done, where we are and what remains to be done’. Contributions were made by the EMA on the environmentally sensitive areas and environmentally sensitive species, the importance of community involvement; wildlife surveys; the IMA’s contributions focused on marine protected areas and marine preservation/conservation; the Zoological Society’s contribution focused on the management of protected areas and policy formulation for same.
Attending the meeting were Ms. Fiona Mottley, Member of the Board, Tourism Development Company Limited; Mr. David Boodoo, Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Mr. Hayden Romano, Managing Director, Environmental Management Authority; Ms. Rahanna Juman, Deputy Director, Institute of Marine Affairs; Mr. Nevon Williams and Ms. Esther Vidale of Nature Seekers; and Mr. Mohan Bholasingh, President, South Eastern Hunters Association.
Also at the meeting were senior Ministry officials including Mr. Claudelle Mc Kellar, Deputy Permanent Secretary; Mr. John Radgman, Conservator of Forests; Mr. Clarence Bacchus, Forestry Advisor; and Mr. Denny Dipchansingh.
One of the goals of this Working Group is to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago gains the most benefits of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Project, titled ‘Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago’.