Tobago expected to benefit form GEF (Global Environment Facility)

Tobago is expected to benefit from a regional programme funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) aimed at improving the management of watersheds and the coastal zone.

The programme, which is called Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management in the Small Islands Developing States of the Caribbean (GEF-IWCAM), will include National Demonstration Projects from each of the 13 participating countries. The BRT, together with partners from the THA, submitted a concept paper for a project in Tobago, which has now been selected as the national IWCAM project for T&T.

The project will focus on developing a more multisectoral approach for the management of the coastal zone – also known as a Ridge to Reef approach. If all goes well, the project should start in June 2004, and will include a number of activities ranging from reforestation and drainage projects as well as a community watershed restoration projects aimed at reducing soil-erosion and coastal sedimentation.

The project will also establish a central Geographic Information System (GIS) Unit, that will produce detailed maps of Tobago’s watersheds and coral reefs, and serve as a central repository of environmental information for all sectors of government and the public. Contact Dr Owen Day at the BRT for more information.