Description of project

CANARI provided technical assistance under the projectImproving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago (IFPAMTT), to create a road map for the participatory development of PA management plans and build the capacity of stakeholders to effectively participate in this process from January to September 2017.  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the IFPAMTT project from 2015-2019 on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with funding from the Global Environment Facility. The main objective of the project is to develop a new system of protected areas (PAs) consistent with the country’s approved 2011 Protected Areas Policy to conserve globally important biodiversity and ecosystems. One of the key project outputs is to prepare management plans to enhance the management of six pilot protected areas (PPAs):

  • The Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago;
  • The Northeast Tobago Marine Area;
  • The Caroni Swamp, Trinidad;
  • The Matura Forest and Coastal Zone, Trinidad;
  • The Nariva Swamp and Coastal Zone, Trinidad;
  • The Trinity Hills and Eastern Extension, Trinidad.

See here for the project brief.

Why develop a road map?

The road map was developed recognising the need for a common framework to guide management planning for the national system of PAs in T&T.  It serves as a guide for structuring, preparing and reviewing management plans for all PAs using a participatory process that engages a diverse range of stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector.  It outlines key steps for the participatory development of PA management plans (shown below) and includes a management plan template.

Key outcomes:

  • Enhanced readiness of stakeholders to move forward with a participatory management planning process and develop management plans for the six PPAs

 Key deliverables:

  • road map for the participatory development of PA management plans in T&T, including a management plan template;
  • comprehensive stakeholder identification and analyses of the six PPAs identifying key stakeholders, their roles and interests in PA management;
  • competency assessment table and slide pack identifying the range of competencies, including knowledge, skills and attitudes, needed by stakeholders for participatory development of PA management plans based on global best practices;
  • capacity building strategy to build stakeholder capacity to engage in participatory planning and management of PAs;
  • coaching sessions conducted with key implementing agencies to build knowledge and skills in participatory planning and management of PAs, including the Environmental Management Authority, Environmental Policy and Planning Division, Fisheries Division, Forestry Division, Institute of Marine Affairs and Tobago House of Assembly – Department of Natural Resources and Forestry and Department of Marine Resources and Fisheries.


To access these deliverables, please visit:

For more information on the project, please contact Ainka Granderson, Senior Technical Officer at [email protected].

See related work under CANARI’s Forest, Livelihoods and Governance programme.