"In Trinidad and Tobago, the project focuses on bundling key ecosystem services from forests, wetlands and coral reefs to show how these interdependent services contribute to human well-being and the national economy at three pilot sites: Eastern Northern Range, Nariva Swamp and Buccoo Reef.... ProEcoServ is funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme. The Trinidad and Tobago component of ProEcoServ is being led by the Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus with technical support from The Cropper Foundation."
"The goal of ProEcoServ’s research in Nariva is to evaluate how possible changes in the future, for example in land use and climate, could affect agriculture, pollination and pollinator habitat quality ecosystem services and how they interact with one another..."
"The goal of ProEcoServ’s research in Tobago is to improve how decisions are made about managing and using the coastal ecosystems responsible for shoreline protection in south-western Tobago..."
"The goal of ProEcoServ’s research in the Northern Range is to establish how different stakeholders can benefit most from soil protection and water purification provided by the forests..."
"The goal of ProEcoServ’s economic valuation research is to provide data on the social and economic value of ecosystem services in three study areas – south-western Tobago/Buccoo Reef, Nariva Swamp, and the Eastern Northern Range – that policy makers can use to make land management decisions which improve environmental quality while supporting human well-being..."
This newsletter will provide information and updates about the Trinidad and Tobago component of the Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ). It will also be a platform for sharing information on ecosystem assessment and valuation and emerging lessons from Trinidad and Tobago and the global ProEcoServ initiative.