A wetlands training workshop was hosted by the Tobago House of Assembly’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) from Wednesday 8th – Thursday 9th March, 2006 at the Botanic Gardens Conference Room. Dr. Rahana Juman of the Institute of Marine Affairs facilitated these sessions which included a theoretical and a practical component.
Representatives from DNRE, Environment TOBAGO, Buccoo Reef Trust and the THA Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries participated in this training session. On the first day, the theoretical component involved a discussion and a power point presentation covering:
- What are wetlands
- Types of wetlands
- Types of mangrove forest
- Mangrove flora and fauna
- Location of wetlands in Tobago
- Function and Value of wetlands
- Mapping of wetlands
- Mangrove survey methods
The second day involved the practical aspect of the training which included visits to several wetlands around Tobago, namely Kilgywn Swamp, L’ouis Dor wetland, Bacolet Wetlands, Carapuse Wetland and Petit Trou. At each site participants walked through the wetland identifying wetland types, flora and faunal species. The scheduled demonstration of mangrove floral and faunal species sampling methods was cancelled due to inclement weather.