ERIC and northeast Tobago stakeholders identified the need to increase the capacity of community based organisations to monitor and ultimately establish co-management of local marine resources, made ever more critical with a large Marine Protected Area (MPA) planned in the region.
The beneficiaries of the project are community members who were identified by our partner organisations: Speyside Eco Marine Park Rangers, North East Sea Turtles and the Parlatuvier Village Council. The wider communities will also benefit from increased information flow and knowledge dissemination regarding marine resources and the planned MPA.
The goal of the project is the improved capacity of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in northeast Tobago to meaningfully contribute to the co-management of their marine resources and the envisaged Marine Protected Area.
The project objectives are as follows:
- to conduct 96 community talks informing and updating community members or groups about the state of their marine resources and the future MPA;
- to make equipment and materials, facilities, expertise and training available for conducting biodiversity data collection;
- to monitor the marine biological status within the future MPA over a period of five months and establish baseline data and a preliminary data base.