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You may be in contact with Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) and not even know it.  ⁣⁣Once formed, UPO...
30/04/2021

You may be in contact with Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) and not even know it. ⁣

Once formed, UPOPs may be released to several environmental media (air, water and land) and process outputs (products and residues). Food, particularly from animals is the major route of exposure for humans. Exposure to high levels of UPOPs may result in skin lesions such as chloracne, patchy darkening of the skin, and altered liver function. ⁣
Long-term exposure to UPOPs is linked to cancers and impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions. ⁣
Patsy and Joe really learnt a lot this week about UPOPs. We hope you did as well! Stay tuned for next week as we meet some of POPsville's younger residents as they explore POPs in their e-waste. ⁣
Visit www.stopthepops.com for more information.⁣
#stopthepops #upops #protectyourhealth #toxicchemicals #stockholmconvention #pops #hazardouschemicals #hazardous #identifylearnact

You may be in contact with Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) and not even know it. ⁣

Once formed, UPOPs may be released to several environmental media (air, water and land) and process outputs (products and residues). Food, particularly from animals is the major route of exposure for humans. Exposure to high levels of UPOPs may result in skin lesions such as chloracne, patchy darkening of the skin, and altered liver function. ⁣
Long-term exposure to UPOPs is linked to cancers and impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions. ⁣
Patsy and Joe really learnt a lot this week about UPOPs. We hope you did as well! Stay tuned for next week as we meet some of POPsville's younger residents as they explore POPs in their e-waste. ⁣
Visit www.stopthepops.com for more information.⁣
#stopthepops #upops #protectyourhealth #toxicchemicals #stockholmconvention #pops #hazardouschemicals #hazardous #identifylearnact

Public Notice by the Environmental Management Authority.
29/04/2021

Public Notice by the Environmental Management Authority.

Public Notice by the Environmental Management Authority.

28/04/2021
When we burn garbage, UPOPs are produced.⁣

When we burn garbage, UPOPs are produced.⁣

Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) are a type of POP created from incomplete combustion or as the byproduct of chemical processes. Thus when waste containing UPOPs are burnt, these chemicals can be released to the air, water and soil. UPOPs produce some of the deadliest cancer-causing chemicals known to man, such as dioxins and furans. ⁣
Don't Burn to Learn!⁣
Visit www.stopthepops.com for more information. #stopthepops #upops #protectyourhealth #toxicchemicals #stockholmconvention #pops #identifylearnact

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.The EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award is awarded to Patricia Turpin.P...
27/04/2021

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
The EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award is awarded to Patricia Turpin.

PATRICIA TURPIN - EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Patricia Turpin has dedicated over 40 years of her life to environmental issues nationally. She and her family manage over 1000 acres of estate in Charlotteville, Tobago using integrated forestry principles. Over the years, Pat has fostered science tourism by facilitating and assisting visiting researchers to Tobago, providing them with access to the unique ecosystems of North East Tobago. This includes a long standing relationship with the Smithsonian Institute in USA, Cardiff University in Wales and Glasgow University in Scotland. She also facilitated the University of the West Indies’ National Herbarium in their documentation of Tobago’s ferns.

In 1996, she became one of the founding directors of the NGO, Environment Tobago, later leading as president for several terms. Under her leadership and guidance, Environment Tobago became the voice for Tobago’s environment, participating in policy development, environmental consultation and steering committees. Through Environment Tobago, Pat implemented several projects that were funded by international organisations such as the UNEP and PAHO.

Pat’s passionate representation of Trinidad and Tobago on an international stage and Tobago on a national level was seen in her participation in several national and international committees. Her indomitable environmental stance and vast knowledge of Tobago’s biodiversity and ecosystems have allowed her to inject the Tobago perspective into discussions that might have otherwise overlooked the island.

On the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Pat was awarded the Hummingbird Medal Silver for Environmental Conservation.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
The EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award is awarded to Patricia Turpin.

PATRICIA TURPIN - EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Patricia Turpin has dedicated over 40 years of her life to environmental issues nationally. She and her family manage over 1000 acres of estate in Charlotteville, Tobago using integrated forestry principles. Over the years, Pat has fostered science tourism by facilitating and assisting visiting researchers to Tobago, providing them with access to the unique ecosystems of North East Tobago. This includes a long standing relationship with the Smithsonian Institute in USA, Cardiff University in Wales and Glasgow University in Scotland. She also facilitated the University of the West Indies’ National Herbarium in their documentation of Tobago’s ferns.

In 1996, she became one of the founding directors of the NGO, Environment Tobago, later leading as president for several terms. Under her leadership and guidance, Environment Tobago became the voice for Tobago’s environment, participating in policy development, environmental consultation and steering committees. Through Environment Tobago, Pat implemented several projects that were funded by international organisations such as the UNEP and PAHO.

Pat’s passionate representation of Trinidad and Tobago on an international stage and Tobago on a national level was seen in her participation in several national and international committees. Her indomitable environmental stance and vast knowledge of Tobago’s biodiversity and ecosystems have allowed her to inject the Tobago perspective into discussions that might have otherwise overlooked the island.

On the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Pat was awarded the Hummingbird Medal Silver for Environmental Conservation.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.Mariam Mitchell receives the Special Green Leaf Award on behalf of Suza...
27/04/2021

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
Mariam Mitchell receives the Special Green Leaf Award on behalf of Suzan Lakhan-Baptiste.

SUZAN LAKHAN-BAPTISTE (Nature Seekers)- EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Suzan Lakhan-Baptiste's contribution to conservation in Trinidad and Tobago extends over three decades. What initially started in the realm of sea turtle conservation has expanded to include watershed and forest conservation. In 1990, Suzan and other community members worked to reduce poaching and slaughter of leatherback turtles on the Matura beach through the approach of converting poachers to conservationists and champions for sea turtle protection.

Suzan was instrumental in the formation of the NGO, Nature Seekers, where she has contributed initially as a member, but rose to leadership roles as Managing Director and Chairman. Nature Seekers’ efforts in sea turtle protection led to Matura Beach being designated a Protected Area annually during the turtle nesting season from March to August. In 1997, resources were sourced to begin the first ever sea turtle tagging programme in Trinidad and Tobago. This method of tagging allowed for the identification of individual turtles and supported the collection of additional information. Her work went beyond the reach of turtle conservation, having led a team of community members to restore over 500 acres of denuded lands in north east Trinidad, through the National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabilitation Programme.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
Mariam Mitchell receives the Special Green Leaf Award on behalf of Suzan Lakhan-Baptiste.

SUZAN LAKHAN-BAPTISTE (Nature Seekers)- EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Suzan Lakhan-Baptiste's contribution to conservation in Trinidad and Tobago extends over three decades. What initially started in the realm of sea turtle conservation has expanded to include watershed and forest conservation. In 1990, Suzan and other community members worked to reduce poaching and slaughter of leatherback turtles on the Matura beach through the approach of converting poachers to conservationists and champions for sea turtle protection.

Suzan was instrumental in the formation of the NGO, Nature Seekers, where she has contributed initially as a member, but rose to leadership roles as Managing Director and Chairman. Nature Seekers’ efforts in sea turtle protection led to Matura Beach being designated a Protected Area annually during the turtle nesting season from March to August. In 1997, resources were sourced to begin the first ever sea turtle tagging programme in Trinidad and Tobago. This method of tagging allowed for the identification of individual turtles and supported the collection of additional information. Her work went beyond the reach of turtle conservation, having led a team of community members to restore over 500 acres of denuded lands in north east Trinidad, through the National Reforestation and Watershed Rehabilitation Programme.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.Recieving the EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award is Gary Aboud .GARY A...
27/04/2021

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
Recieving the EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award is Gary Aboud .

GARY ABOUD (Fishermen and Friends of the Sea)- EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Gary Aboud has been involved in environmental activism for over 30 years. He was a member of the Monitoring Advisory Committee established by the Fisheries Division. This group represented a collaborative effort between stakeholders and the state to oversee the sustainable and effective management of the fishery. He is well known as a founding member and the Corporate Secretary of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, and a founding member of the Trinidad United Fisherfolk. Additionally, Gary Aboud has been the Civil Society representative on the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Institute for the past 8 years. As a founding partner of the EU CSO’s for Good Governance Project he has contributed to the training of fenceline communities in proper Civil Society management structure, environmental law and communication.

Through his willingness to engage in litigation to defend the principles of sound environmental management and preservation of human and natural environments, Gary Aboud has significantly developed the Caribbean’s environmental law jurisprudence. Between 2002 and 2021, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea instituted 12 legal actions at the High Court with some litigation reaching as far as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

In his commitment to addressing environmental issues, he has mobilised communities, staged protests, written letters to the Editor of local newspapers and to Government Ministers or the relevant authorities. His passion for sustainable development extends beyond his capacity as a prominent member of civil society. In his capacity as a business owner, he has provided rent-free, prime commercial space to artisans and entrepreneurs engaged in safe and sustainable small scale manufacturing enterprises, allowing them to ply their trade.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
Recieving the EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award is Gary Aboud .

GARY ABOUD (Fishermen and Friends of the Sea)- EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Gary Aboud has been involved in environmental activism for over 30 years. He was a member of the Monitoring Advisory Committee established by the Fisheries Division. This group represented a collaborative effort between stakeholders and the state to oversee the sustainable and effective management of the fishery. He is well known as a founding member and the Corporate Secretary of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, and a founding member of the Trinidad United Fisherfolk. Additionally, Gary Aboud has been the Civil Society representative on the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Institute for the past 8 years. As a founding partner of the EU CSO’s for Good Governance Project he has contributed to the training of fenceline communities in proper Civil Society management structure, environmental law and communication.

Through his willingness to engage in litigation to defend the principles of sound environmental management and preservation of human and natural environments, Gary Aboud has significantly developed the Caribbean’s environmental law jurisprudence. Between 2002 and 2021, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea instituted 12 legal actions at the High Court with some litigation reaching as far as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

In his commitment to addressing environmental issues, he has mobilised communities, staged protests, written letters to the Editor of local newspapers and to Government Ministers or the relevant authorities. His passion for sustainable development extends beyond his capacity as a prominent member of civil society. In his capacity as a business owner, he has provided rent-free, prime commercial space to artisans and entrepreneurs engaged in safe and sustainable small scale manufacturing enterprises, allowing them to ply their trade.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.Detta Buch receives the EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award.DETTA BUCH ...
27/04/2021

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
Detta Buch receives the EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award.

DETTA BUCH (WORC)– EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Rosemary Bernadette "Detta" Buch, a resident of Trinidad & Tobago since 1978, grew up in Kenya where she developed an innate love for wildlife that she naturally transposed to our twin islands. Detta, as she is known, has dedicated over 30 years to wildlife conservation and rehabilitation in Trinidad & Tobago.

Her wildlife rehabilitation began with the fostering of an abandoned monkey in 1986 for three (3) years that she later released into the wild in Chaguaramas. She continued her wildlife rescue and rehabilitation informally until 2001 when she formalised her efforts by establishing the Wildlife Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre (WORC), a non-profit wildlife conservation organisation, that relies on volunteers and donations to fund its work.

Detta, through WORC, has built awareness of, and promoted and encouraged, the need for sustainability of our local wildlife through her provision of medical care, recuperation and rehabilitation facilities to sick, injured, orphaned and dislocated wild animals. Her release of countless rehabilitated animals to their natural habitats has contributed to the health and continuity of these species and our biodiversity. Detta's work has also generated valuable biological, behavioural and clinical data which is currently in the process of being digitised. Through her wealth of experience, Detta has and continues to serve as a mentor to many other wildlife rescuers and rehabilitators.

She served as President of the Council of Presidents of the Environment and has contributed as COPE's representative on various committees. In 2013, Detta was awarded an Honorary Peace Ambassador award by the T&T World Peace Festival for her dedication and commitment to the rehabilitation of our wildlife.

Celebrating EMA’s 2020 Green Leaf Awards Winners.
Detta Buch receives the EMA's Special 2020 Green Leaf Award.

DETTA BUCH (WORC)– EMA’s Special 2020 Green Leaf Awardee

Rosemary Bernadette "Detta" Buch, a resident of Trinidad & Tobago since 1978, grew up in Kenya where she developed an innate love for wildlife that she naturally transposed to our twin islands. Detta, as she is known, has dedicated over 30 years to wildlife conservation and rehabilitation in Trinidad & Tobago.

Her wildlife rehabilitation began with the fostering of an abandoned monkey in 1986 for three (3) years that she later released into the wild in Chaguaramas. She continued her wildlife rescue and rehabilitation informally until 2001 when she formalised her efforts by establishing the Wildlife Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre (WORC), a non-profit wildlife conservation organisation, that relies on volunteers and donations to fund its work.

Detta, through WORC, has built awareness of, and promoted and encouraged, the need for sustainability of our local wildlife through her provision of medical care, recuperation and rehabilitation facilities to sick, injured, orphaned and dislocated wild animals. Her release of countless rehabilitated animals to their natural habitats has contributed to the health and continuity of these species and our biodiversity. Detta's work has also generated valuable biological, behavioural and clinical data which is currently in the process of being digitised. Through her wealth of experience, Detta has and continues to serve as a mentor to many other wildlife rescuers and rehabilitators.

She served as President of the Council of Presidents of the Environment and has contributed as COPE's representative on various committees. In 2013, Detta was awarded an Honorary Peace Ambassador award by the T&T World Peace Festival for her dedication and commitment to the rehabilitation of our wildlife.

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#8 Elizabeth Street, St. Clair
Port Of Spain

Functions and Powers of the Authority In accordance with the Environmental Management Act Chapter 35:05, the general functions are to: (a) make recommendations for a National Environment Policy; (b) develop and implement policies and programmes for the effective management and wise use of the environment, consistent with the objects of the EM Act; (c) co-ordinate environmental management functions performed by persons in Trinidad and Tobago; (d) make recommendations for the rationalization of all governmental entities performing environmental functions; (e) promote educational and public awareness programs on the environment (f) develop and establish national environmental standards and criteria; (g) monitor compliance with the standards criteria and programs relating to the environment; (h) take all appropriate action for the prevention and control of pollution and conservation of the environment; (i) establish and co-ordinate institutional linkages locally, regionally and internationally; (j) perform such other functions as are prescribed; and (k) undertake anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the foregoing functions. In performing its functions, the Authority shall facilitate co-operation among persons and manage the environment in a manner, which fosters participation and promotes consensus, including the encouragement and use of appropriate means to avoid or expeditiously resolve disputes through mechanism for alternative dispute resolution. The EMA fulfils these functions through: * Administering environmental education programs through schools and sponsoring competitions that foster such education. * Conducting analyses of air, soil and water to determine program priorities. * Issue Certificates of Environmental Clearance to new development projects that may impact the environment; in some cases an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) may be a requirement of the developer. * Monitoring compliance with the standards in the Noise Pollution Control Rules 2001 and processing variations for persons wishing to exceed standards. * Provide for the designation and protection of environmentally sensitive areas and species. * Resolving complaints through voluntary compliance, support to other agencies or enforcement of rules. * Responding to emergency incidents and spills in conjunction with other government agencies. Provides technical and investigative support to response teams. * Conducting public awareness campaigns to change attitudes and behaviour toward the environment. * Assist the Government in implementing global and regional environmental agreements including: o The Convention on Biodiversity. o The Montreal Protocol on ODS. o The Basel Convention. o Convention on Climate Change. * Providing advice to other government agencies, NGOs and individuals on environmental matters. * Maintaining a large and diverse information centre to support the above programs.

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Good day, I'm seeking some advice on a situation that has been going on for the longest time and it would seem there's NOTHING anyone can do about it. Numerous calls to the police prove futile, as they seems to be powerless to act in the matter. There is a neighbor who would Blast his Stereo system excessively loud at ANY given time of day or night with no consideration for other people. Sometimes this continues from the evening over night and into the next day continuously. At times he would turn on the PA system shouting expletives and threatening persons. I am unable to give you any particular day, as he does this whenever he feels to, however he would most often wait until after dark to commence this act of terrorism. Now whilst I'm not a doctor, I honestly believe this constant stress inflicted on villagers contributed to one particular neighbor even having a miscarriage. Can anyone please offer a word of advice.
I would like to know how to deal with a person on the street playing loud music until 4:00 am every weekend on Salazar Street in St. James. It affects all the people on Salazar Street and on Church Street. The Police appear to be useless. Please advise. Perhaps you can set up some sort of FB page where complainants can write the names and addresses of people who disturb the peace night and day and you can go and deal with it, by asking neighbours around these places. Something needs to be done in 2021. Make it illegal to play music affecting others after 10:00 and just be done with it, for God's sake.
Baleen whales have bigger teeth than you all in noise pollution yes.
EMA please investigate. Woodbine Gardens Maraval. Trees and mountain being cut.
EMA can you investigate? Woodbine Gardens Maraval. Trees and mountain being cut.
We are being smoked out in Bregon Park, D'Abadie from this fire going since Friday. The pile of wood suggests that it will be going for the next several days. This is becoming dangerous with my respiratory challenges. Please help.
Good day, I'm kindly asking for assistance, someone is backfilling a piece of land in my village and it is disturbing the peace in the community. The dust is unhealthy it is difficult to breathe, we have a lot of asthmatics in the village, it's making our skin itch and causing rash to appear on our skin, our homes are covered in sand daily the gallery, windows doors, kitchen cupboards, the dust is seeping in and when you pass your hand you can see it, the roadway is in a deplorable state because of the trucks it has started to cave in and the trucks also speeding like if is a highway they raising more dust than anything else and they also endangering pedestrians speeding like that and when the rain falls it is making mud in the road and it flows into the yard and driveway...somebody please do something the guy has absolutely no consideration for the villagers!!!
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To whom this may concerned. What procedures do I follow after several complaints to your office pertaining to a next door neighbor who spray paint cars? I'm being doused almost everyday with paint fumes in and outside of my home. Everytime I called the office i would usually be transferred to a male individual to be told that he would look into the situation almost a year now.. I'm still waiting.
Dear EMA, as a concerned citizen, and a person that values nature, I am asking for you’ll to please look into this matter that I have been seeing for years and have brought to awareness previously but no one has done anything about. Our Environment is being affected negatively, and persons need to act more responsibly and to be held accountable for these actions.
Once again I am appealing for something to be done about this wanton disregard for health and privacy. Look at the amount of dust! Not even a truck to wet the road!!! Trinidad and Tobago Police Service this is disturbing my peace! Ministry of Works and Transport Trinidad & Tobago & PNM - The People's National Movement please sort out this situation!!!
Good Morning I would like some assistance. I live Aranguez near the Aranguez savannah,there is construction going on by the river and the dust it’s generating is beyond bearable. During these COVID-19 times our health is our number one priority. Surely a water truck to wet the road or any kind of consideration for residents would be appreciated. Ministry of Works and Transport Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Police Service