I am extremely pleased and excited to inform you guys about an upcoming knowledge fair that focuses on protecting and promoting the Environment of Trinidad and Tobago. The United Nations Development Programme through its Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) will fund, one (1) of the largest expos for environmental projects in Trinidad and Tobago with a theme of Igniting Global Envirominds – Transforming Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.
This event will be administered by the University of the West Indies at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business Main Campus in Mt. Hope on May 28th – 29th, 2015, during the event Trinidad and Tobago’s leading environmental organizations will discuss new ways to protect the environment and promote conservation, while highlighting project that have been making a difference in local communities throughout the country, UWI-ALJGSB Professor Miguel Carrillo stated that the goal of this fair is to bring about value, awareness and sense of urgency in the society to make conservation a way of life.
Opening Ceremony 2013 GEF SGP Knowledge Fair
The GEF Small Grants Programme was established in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, with an aim of finding sustainable ways to halt the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources and pollution of the planet by providing financial and technical support to NGO’s, CBO’s and other Civil Society Organizations that seek to address issues of pollution, land degradation, climate change, biodiversity conservation and threats to international waters. This is imperative in maintaining a balance between human needs and the environment.
Some of the initiative undertaken by the GEF SGP in Trinidad and Tobago includes an awareness campaign called “Pride in Pawi” which seeks to educate hunters about the importance of the endemic Pawi Bird species, North East Sea Turtles (Nest Charlotteville) and Speyside Eco Marine Park Rangers (SEMPR) that aims to raise awareness on the threats to locally endangered marine turtle species, climate change resilience workshops and training for the Caura Valley and Sans Souci communities and a paper recycling project implemented by the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).
Students engaging with staff at the 2013 Environment Knowledge Fair
National Co-ordinator GEF-SGP Dr. Nesha Beharry-Borg stated that this knowledge Fair is significant in connecting community based organizations with government agencies, academia, students, private sector and members of the public. Beharry-Borg also went on to say that this year’s forum will also explore how to make environmental projects financially viable beyond initial funding and act as a unique and dynamic platform to discuss new ideas, share experiences and spur action on protection of the environment.
I am certainly attending, how about you?