About Environment Tobago
ENVIRONMENT TOBAGO (ET) is a national, environmental, non-governmental, volunteer and membership organization. Established in 1996 and registered under the Companies Act 1995 ET remains a pro-active advocacy group that rallies against negative environmental activities. The organization comprises an elected board of directors - all volunteers, two salaried staff and over a hundred members.
ETs funding comes mainly through grants from donor organizations and in-kind contributions from individuals. We have received large funding for conservation and education projects from philanthropic organizations, corporate sponsors and UN agencies. These included: the Fernandes Fund, bhpBilliton, The British High Commission, BPTT, The Canadian High Commission, Hilton KIDS in the Caribbean Program, Tidy TnT Program- Govt of T&T, Rockefeller Foundation, SWMCOL, PAHO/UNEP, UNDP/GEF, Division of Education-THA/UNESCO, UTC, Australian High Commission, British High Commission, Ace Printery, Petrotrin, BPTT, US Embassy, Caribsave and many others. ET also generates income through book and memorabilia sales, membership fees and via consultation.
Environment Tobago has completed several successful projects over the years which include:
The annual Keep A Clean School Awards Program - BHP Billiton. SWMCOL Environmental calypso competition -bhpBilliton. The Environmental education teachers resource manual for primary and secondary schools. Tobago water-watch network, water quality and monitoring program- Fernandes Grant/Rockefeller Foundation Annual teachers workshop - BPTT Summer and Easter eco camps - bhp Billiton. World Wetlands Day art competition- British High Commission.
Ongoing environmental education programs are - Wetland and beach clean-ups, beaches and other natural areas.- UTC- corporate Kilgwyn Wetlands Restoration- Tidy TnT Program Environment TOBAGO Environmental Map- Tobago Environment TOBAGO Education Centre- Canadian Embassy Environment TOBAGO Environmental Library and Database. Canadian Embassy Environment TOBAGO Biodiversity Brochure- Canadian Embassy Waste Water Disposal for Coastal Communities/ Collette River Basin- Charlotteville- Tobago- UNEP/PAHO Public Education through film ET Environmental- Trinidad & Tobago Maps Expositions- Biodiversity/Vanishing Species- Science.- EMA/DNRE CEC/EIA Training sessions for development.- UNDP/COPE Marine GIS Training- Mapping of Coral Reefs- with Coral Cay Conservation UNDP/GEF Belle Garden wetlands assessment.-UNDP/GEF ET Environmental Map-Trinidad Tobago Rainforest Book.-BPTT- Division of Education LEAD Programme for Staff Capacity building- Rockefeller Foundation Wetlands Art And Education Program
Our Current Projects: Environment Tobago is presently partnering with the Ministry of Environment and Energy Affairs (and many other civil society actors) in the GEF funded Integrated Forestry and Protected Areas Pilot Program. Most recently: We are just beginning work in an exciting initiative to optimize the adoption of the 'new' Sustainable Goals - essentially Civil Society working with Local Authorities to increase T&T's buy-in of the SDGs. The partnership comprises CSO colleagues United Way (TT), CANARI, Veni Apwaan,, University of the West Indies (UWI)'s Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Women's Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD).
But that's not all: We are in the planning phase of a (mangrove) crab conservation project that will also benefit (by virtue of creating safe habitat) local iguana, agouti and other wetland dependent lifeforms.
Future ET projects include: Coral Reefs of Tobago Poster and Education Program, Summer and Easter Eco-Camps Environmental Education Programs, Conservation at the Greenhill Estate, Wetlands Nursery and Co-management at Kilgwyn Estate, Tobago Wetlands Assessment & Restoration Program, Green Fund Training Workshops on coastal Conservation for T&TEC, TSTT and CEPEP Wetlands Photo Book, e-Waste Recycling Project, Recycling (Paper Trail), Early Childhood Environmental Education Program, Keep A Green School Program, Avian (Bird) Inventory and Conservation - Greenhill Estate Project Pacemaker- for rehabilitation of inland lagoons and waterways. NE Tobago Carbon Project.
What we do daily: Education ranks highly on the Environment Tobago agenda. Outreach programs include a traveling eco-classroom (exhibitions, audio-visual presentations and activities), public exhibitions. Secondary school CXC presentations for Business and Chemistry (covering topics such as Environmental Economics, solid waste and water pollution, climate change, ethics and valuation), primary schools biodiversity modules and teacher training environmental education.
ET also keeps a firm eye on the day to day management of the national environment by ensuring expert and timely feedback in provided in matters policy, development/usage and infrastructure maintenance where it can affect nature. We also try to stay abreast of change in general - largely through field trips or via the ET hotline (868-660-7462).
The ET Education Centre supplies an extensive resource of environmental information for teachers and the general public. Another component of the work involves liaising with the government and other eNGO organizations on matters affecting the environment, e.g. policy and law strengthening, solid waste disposal issues and methods; the implementation and enforcement of marine and terrestrial conservation laws. Consultations /EIA for sustainable development in Tobago. Many of us are Honorary Game Wardens. We work with Buccoo Reef Trust, SOS Save our sea turtles and NEST-North East Sea Turtles. We spread the conservation word through our Environmental Column in the Tobago news and our quarterly newsletter, as well as other publications. Our website, Facebook and Twitter. We are members of the GEF-NGO Network, Members of COPE (Council of presidents of the Environment) and Members of the Caribbean Conservation Association - CCA.
Environment TOBAGO produces an annual report and audited accounts at the end of each financial year. Copies of these are located at ETs office and available for viewing by the general public on request. The Board meets once monthly and elections take place on a Bi-annual basis.
- Bertrand Bhikarry (President)
- Patricia Turpin (Vice President)
- Wendy Austin (Secretary)
- Andy M Roberts (Treasurer)
- Aljoscha Wotke
- Andrea Tuitt
- Darren Henry
- Terrance Sandiford
Aneesa Meijas (Administrative Assistant) and Barry Lovelace (Education Coordinator)
Phone: 1-868- 660-7462 Fax: 1-868-660-7467
#11 Cuyler Street
Scarborough Tobago WI
Post Office Box 503
Scarborough Tobago, W I