The Caribbean Regional Environmental Program (CREP) was designed to strengthen Regional cooperation, build greater awareness and promote better management of the natural resources and biodiversity within the Caribbean Forum of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (CARIFORUM). In the Caribbean, CREP is being implemented by the Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA) through a Programme Management Unit.
Recently CREP–Trinidad and Tobago received funding to carry out training workshops in water quality testing. The Tobago leg of the training was held from 16th-18th February at the office of Environment TOBAGO. Representatives from the Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries (3), the Buccoo Reef Trust (2) and Environment TOBAGO (2) benefited from the training. A representative from, Southern Systems Ltd trained participants to investigate the presence or absence of Total coliform and E.coli, salinity, nitrates, phosphates, pH, turbidity, and total and free chlorine using equipment and parameters designed by HACH. The workshop was informative, intense but enjoyable.
Participants are expected to use their training to monitor water quality within the CREP. The participants in collaboration with CREP will undertake a challenge to monitor the water quality of several sites in Tobago.