Ministry of Planning and Development

Ministry of Planning and Development A Government entity focused on service excellence and national development.

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04/02/2021

Ag. Planning and Development Minister Sen. Allyson West to Regional Environment Ministers' Forum:
'The environment is the thread that supports all sectors, so it must be managed for present and future generations.'
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Watch the video and share.

Today is #WorldWetlandsDay and we have one of the best in the world. ⬇️"Epic dining tour in Caroni Swamp" - Trinidad and...
02/02/2021
Epic dining tour in Caroni Swamp - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Today is #WorldWetlandsDay and we have one of the best in the world.
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"Epic dining tour in Caroni Swamp" - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday https://t.co/C6pxWNDRPY

BEING surrounded by water and nature, enjoying a special meal while flocks of scarlet ibis and flamingoes fly overhead is a wonderful way to spend a portion of your weekend. This special experience can be had during the Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary Dinner Tour, one of many being promoted through Tour...

31/01/2021

Making national development happen in T&T:
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From facilitating environmental sustainability to making business easier with new e-services while enhancing national heritage development on Nelson Island, the Ministry of Planning & Development hit the ground running in January 2021.
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Watch our Planning News video short for details and share.

Nelson Island's connection to Indian Indentureship from 1885-1920 brought together Acting Planning & Development Ministe...
30/01/2021
Re-visiting Nelson Island (2021)

Nelson Island's connection to Indian Indentureship from 1885-1920 brought together Acting Planning & Development Minister Sen. Allyson West, the National Trust and Indian High Commissioner to T&T HE Arun Kumar Sahu to discuss further heritage partnerships.
See below.
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https://t.co/ITM1ALLBCV

Nelson Island's connection to Indian Indentureship from 1885-1920 brought together Acting Planning and Development Minister Sen. Allyson West, Indian High CO...

Did you catch the CSO's "Statistics in Focus" column in yesterday's Business Guardian?Click below to learn more on how a...
29/01/2021
Towards a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics

Did you catch the CSO's "Statistics in Focus" column in yesterday's Business Guardian?
Click below to learn more on how an NSDS is a key factor for the development of a country-led data revolution.

#statisticsinfocus #CSO #development #nationalstrategy

The Statistics in Focus series is brought to you by the CSO, Ministry of Planning and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

In 1999, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) was established through the combined efforts of the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. PARIS21 w

Did you get your copy of today's Guardian Newspaper? Be sure to check out "Statistics in Focus" to read more about how a...
28/01/2021

Did you get your copy of today's Guardian Newspaper?

Be sure to check out "Statistics in Focus" to read more about how a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics can be used to achieve national and international development goals via the establishment of a complete and reliable statistical system. 📰📝🛒📈📊

#statisticsinfocus #CSO #NSDS
The Statistics in Focus series is brought to you by the CSO, Ministry of Planning and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

28/01/2021

'Placing the environment at the centre of economic and social development': Vision 2030, Theme V.
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How is the Ministry of Planning and Development working to accomplish this?
Watch this video and share.
Shout out to UNDP Trinidad and Tobago and the EU.

What is the PARIS21?Get your copy of this week's Thursday Guardian Newspaper to read more about how the PARIS21 encourag...
27/01/2021

What is the PARIS21?

Get your copy of this week's Thursday Guardian Newspaper to read more about how the PARIS21 encourages nations to develop, implement, and monitor a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics in our "Statistics in Focus" column. 📰📝🛒📈📊

#statisticsinfocus #CSO #tradestatistics #development #policymaking #data #nationalstrategy

The Statistics in Focus series is brought to you by the CSO, Ministry of Planning and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank

New E-Services are coming soon to DevelopTT!What documents do you need to have in hand before accessing these services?H...
26/01/2021

New E-Services are coming soon to DevelopTT!
What documents do you need to have in hand before accessing these services?

Here are some helpful checklists on which documents are needed for the various types of applications.

The DevelopTT system is live in the T1 and T5 Planning Regions and digital applications for Planning Permission are currently being accepted.
Haven’t registered yet? Visit www.developtt.gov.tt for all registration details.
#developtt #tcpd #vision2030 #statusofland #StampDutyExemption #checklists

More Headlines 📰:Acting Ministry of PlanningTT's Minister Allyson West with the National Trust recently hosted Indian Hi...
26/01/2021
Many untold stories on Nelson Island

More Headlines 📰:
Acting Ministry of PlanningTT's Minister Allyson West with the National Trust recently hosted Indian High Commissioner Arun Kumar Sahu at Nelson Island. More opportunities for T&T and India's heritage.
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Read the GuardianTT report below & share.

How­ev­er, its past with In­di­an in­den­ture­ship at­tract­ed at­ten­tion and prompt­ed the In­di­an High Com­mis­sion HE Arun Ku­mar Sahu and Min­istry of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cials to vis­it the her­itage site.

OPR NEWS
25/01/2021

OPR NEWS

The Office of Procurement Regulation is pleased to publish the second issue of the "Procurement Buzz" our corporate quarterly newsletter.

This newsletter highlights some of our achievements and notable milestones since our operations commenced in 2018.

Missed our first issue? Follow this link to our website - https://oprtt.org/news-%26-media-releases to peruse.

We welcome any questions that you may have on our publication. Please contact us via email at: [email protected]

#trinidadandtobago I #oprtt I #procurementintrinidad I #procurement I #disposal

Senator the Honourable Allyson West, in her capacity as Minister of Planning and Development (Ag.), along with the Chair...
24/01/2021

Senator the Honourable Allyson West, in her capacity as Minister of Planning and Development (Ag.), along with the Chairman of the National Trust Ms. Margaret Mc Dowall, hosted His Excellency Arun Kumar Sahu, High Commissioner of India and other officials of his delegation at Nelson Island.
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The purpose of the visit was to highlight to the Commissioner and his officials the rich history of T&T and India's connection through the Indian Indentureship Programme, which has been preserved by the National Trust in collaboration with the National Archives at the island. As the delegation viewed the relics of Marion Hospital, the registration documents of the immigrants, photos and other artifacts, they were absolutely astonished of the significant role Nelson Island played in Indian Indentureship, not only in Trinidad and Tobago but Guyana and Suriname as well.

23/01/2021

Calling all land owners, developers, builders...
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DevelopTT, the Town and Country Planning Division's automated construction permitting system, is introducing 2 new e-services in 2021.
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Watch for details.
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DevelopTT is a product of the Ministry of Planning & Development and the Ministry of TradeTT.

How much do you know about Status of Land Correspondence? The TCPD will soon be unveiling this E-service via its online ...
22/01/2021

How much do you know about Status of Land Correspondence?
The TCPD will soon be unveiling this E-service via its online platform, DevelopTT.

Swipe ➡ to get the information you need on the Status of Land Correspondence E-service.

Get connected to DevelopTT today - Visit www.developtt.gov.tt to get your registration done!
#developtt #statusofland #stampduty #StampDutyExemption

The @UNDP contributed funding and provided guidance for the development of T&T’s Climate Change Mitigation, Reporting an...
22/01/2021

The @UNDP contributed funding and provided guidance for the development of T&T’s Climate Change Mitigation, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system - The first of its kind in the region.
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The MRV facilitates the measurement and monitoring of T&T’s greenhouse gas emissions, allowing us to track progress towards achieving our commitments to the Paris Agreement.
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Read the article below for more.
https://newsday.co.tt/2021/01/21/what-to-expect-in-trinidad-and-tobagos-greenhouse-gas-plan/
#SDG13 #climateaction

How much do you know about Stamp Duty Exemption?The TCPD will soon be unveiling this E-service via its online platform, ...
21/01/2021

How much do you know about Stamp Duty Exemption?
The TCPD will soon be unveiling this E-service via its online platform, DevelopTT.

Swipe ➡ to get all the information you need on the Stamp Duty Exemption E-service.

Stay tuned to access more FAQs and further details as it relates to the Stamp Duty Exemption & Status of Land Correspondence E-services.

Get connected to DevelopTT today - Visit www.developtt.gov.tt to get your registration done!
DevelopTT is transforming the construction permitting process.
Come experience the transformation!
#developtt #stampduty #stampdutyexemption

In the Headlines📰 "What to expect in Trinidad and Tobago's greenhouse gas plan"Last week, the Ministry of Planning unvei...
21/01/2021
What to expect in Trinidad and Tobago's greenhouse gas plan - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

In the Headlines📰
"What to expect in Trinidad and Tobago's greenhouse gas plan"

Last week, the Ministry of Planning unveiled the results of the National Climate Mitigation, Reporting and Verification System (MRV).

It was a presentation of a new standard monitoring and evaluation system – the first of its kind in the region – to help create a template for reporting agencies and regulators to better assess the country’s ability to achieve its GHG reduction targets.

This template is an important stepping stone on the path to climate change mitigation and the country’s nationally determined commitments (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

See the link below for the full story from the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
https://newsday.co.tt/2021/01/21/what-to-expect-in-trinidad-and-tobagos-greenhouse-gas-plan/

Last week, the Ministry of Planning unveiled the results of the National Climate Mitigation, Reporting and Verification System (MRV). Except it wasn’t actually the results that one would have expected – namely new, verified and accurate data on the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ins...

The Ministry of Planning & Development on behalf of the Government and people of T&T,  signed an agreement for a develop...
20/01/2021

The Ministry of Planning & Development on behalf of the Government and people of T&T, signed an agreement for a development programme with the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) amounting to EUR 8 M (TTD 64 Million) in grant funding.
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This initiative aims to support the enhancement of an innovative and competitive economy in Trinidad and Tobago through economic transformation. The Inter-American Development Bank and @CARIRI are also project partners.
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Read more here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/6Kc0c6iR0xzMy/

#SDG11 - Sustainable cities and communities:The Port of Spain Revitalisation project led by the Ministry of Planning & D...
19/01/2021

#SDG11 - Sustainable cities and communities:
The Port of Spain Revitalisation project led by the Ministry of Planning & Development and UDeCOTT aims to make T&T’s capital city more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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For more on the Project go to our Planning News eMagazine at https://spark.adobe.com/page/6Kc0c6iR0xzMy/.

Job Vacancy: @UNICEF is seeking an Institutional or Corporate contractor to conduct a social norms survey on Violence Ag...
19/01/2021
Institutional or Corporate contractor to conduct a social norms survey on Violence Against Children in Trinidad and Tobago

Job Vacancy: @UNICEF is seeking an Institutional or Corporate contractor to conduct a social norms survey on Violence Against Children in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Spotlight Initiative.
Deadline for submission has been extended to January 31st, 2021. For further detail click https://lnkd.in/e9yc5Jv

To conduct a to determine the social, religious and cultural norms and other factors that perpetuate and prevent persons from reporting gender-based violence in Trinidad and Tobago.

It's a beautiful Sunday in sweet T&T.Relax and connect with the Ministry of Planning and Development on Instagram, Twitt...
17/01/2021

It's a beautiful Sunday in sweet T&T.
Relax and connect with the Ministry of Planning and Development on Instagram, Twitter, You Tube and Linked In also.
Drop us a line or two.

Revitalising the Soul of Trinidad and Tobago:The renewal of T&T's capital city Port of Spain, is a key  flagship project...
16/01/2021

Revitalising the Soul of Trinidad and Tobago:
The renewal of T&T's capital city Port of Spain, is a key flagship project of the Ministry of Planning with UDeCOTT, launched by PM Keith Rowley and Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis in November 2020.
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Read more about it below via
https://lnkd.in/eTKWa5N
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For the Ministry's full Planning News eMagazine go to:
https://lnkd.in/efGMVNa

Applications closed for position of Business Management Analyst.
16/01/2021

Applications closed for position of Business Management Analyst.

Did you catch the CSO's "Statistics in Focus" column in yesterday's Business Guardian?Click here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3qoRl...
15/01/2021

Did you catch the CSO's "Statistics in Focus" column in yesterday's Business Guardian?
Click here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3qoRlI1 to read more about the CSO's role in the compilation and analysis of trade-related data and how this affects T&T's economic status.

Keep following us to learn more about the work of the Central Statistical Office and the Ministry of Planning and Development.

#statisticsinfocus #CSO #tradestatistics

The Statistics in Focus series is brought to you by the CSO, Ministry of Planning and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Did you get your copy of today's Guardian Newspaper? Be sure to check out "Statistics in Focus" to read more about how t...
14/01/2021

Did you get your copy of today's Guardian Newspaper? Be sure to check out "Statistics in Focus" to read more about how trade statistics can help to determine a country's economic position and more. 📰📝🛒📈📊

#statisticsinfocus #CSO #tradestatistics
The Statistics in Focus series is brought to you by the CSO, Ministry of Planning and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

14/01/2021

Taking #ClimateAction:
The Environmental Policy & Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning & Development presented the Pilot Project of the Trinidad and Tobago National Climate Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System.
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Here are 5 things you should know about the MRV.
Watch and share.
#SDG13

Have you registered for DevelopTT as yet? Two new E-services in Stamp Duty Exemption & Status of Land Correspondence wil...
13/01/2021

Have you registered for DevelopTT as yet?

Two new E-services in Stamp Duty Exemption & Status of Land Correspondence will soon be made available via Trinidad & Tobago's online platform for development permitting, DevelopTT, and now is an opportune time to get on board before these E-services are unveiled.

Get connected to DevelopTT today - Visit www.developtt.gov.tt to get your registration done!

REMEMBER: TCPD's North Regional Office (NRO) is now ONLY accepting ONLINE submissions for planning permission applications for the T1 and T5 planning regions.

DevelopTT is transforming the construction permitting process.

Come experience the transformation!

How are Trade Statistics important to the CSO and T&T as a nation?Get your copy of this week's Thursday Guardian Newspap...
13/01/2021

How are Trade Statistics important to the CSO and T&T as a nation?

Get your copy of this week's Thursday Guardian Newspaper to read more about how trade statistics help researchers to study the effects of trade on various aspects of the economy, and more, in our "Statistics in Focus" column. 📰📝🛒📈📊

#statisticsinfocus #CSO #tradestatistics

The Statistics in Focus series is brought to you by the CSO, Ministry of Planning and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Climate Action-SDG13 & Vision 2030 Theme V:The Ministry of Planning and Development is taking action on climate change w...
13/01/2021

Climate Action-SDG13 & Vision 2030 Theme V:
The Ministry of Planning and Development is taking action on climate change with the development of the Climate Change Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System.
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The MRV aims to track T&T's progress in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions as per our commitment to the #ParisAgreement.
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We are also meeting the goals of T&T's National Development Strategy, Vision 2030, Theme V: Placing the environment at the centre of social & economic development.
Stay connected with us for more.

12/01/2021
Environmental Policy and Planning Division TT

Presentation of Results of the Pilot Project on the Trinidad and Tobago National Climate Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System.

Powered by Environmental Policy and Planning Division TT

#SDG13 - The Ministry of Planning & Development is taking action on climate change with the "Presentation of Results of ...
12/01/2021

#SDG13 - The Ministry of Planning & Development is taking action on climate change with the "Presentation of Results of the Pilot Project on the Trinidad and Tobago National Climate Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System" today Tuesday 12th January, 2021 @ 1pm.
You are invited.
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The MRV System aims to track the progress of our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in T&T as part of our commitment to the Paris Agreement.

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Members of the public can be a part via log-in:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5npc-FxxSPWtqKdYAayodw?fbclid=IwAR0pLEJPA927kEAnhlDtnHyMG5wafUKM8mfiLUL_Qy9OIMP4pkxRiXQ5WlA

Media Reps are invited to cover the "Presentation of Results of the Pilot Project on the Trinidad and Tobago National Cl...
11/01/2021

Media Reps are invited to cover the "Presentation of Results of the Pilot Project on the Trinidad and Tobago National Climate Mitigation Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System" on Tuesday 12th January, 2021 at 1pm.
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The MRV System aims to track the progress of our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in T&T as part of our work towards the #ParisAgreement.
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Log-in:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5npc-FxxSPWtqKdYAayodw?fbclid=IwAR0pLEJPA927kEAnhlDtnHyMG5wafUKM8mfiLUL_Qy9OIMP4pkxRiXQ5WlA

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To facilitate the conduct of its operations, the Ministry is organized into functional divisions/units which target the specific areas of its portfolio, namely: 1. Town and Country Planning Division 2. Socio Economic Policy Planning Division 3. Central Statistical Office 4. National Transformation Unit 5. Planning and International Cooperation Unit 6. Project Planning and Reconstruction Division 7. European Development Fund 8. Environmental Policy and Planning Division 9. Advisory Town Planning Panel 10. Technical Cooperation Unit 11. National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago 12. Environmental Management Authority The primary thrust of the Ministry is economic, social and environmental development of Trinidad and Tobago. Our focus is national statistics, economic development and management, Vision 2030, Town and Country Planning, entrepreneurship and innovation, environmental policy planning and management and national heritage development via a national coordinated framework for sustainable development.

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Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

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According to Chapter 35:1 Town & Country Planning Act
Is POS Town & Country accepting new Drawing Submission at this point in time?
Is Town and Country North Central Division open for business,or under Covid Measures still?
Lets all celebrate our mothers everyday not only mothersday. thank you mom. https://www.facebook.com/218111881576010/posts/2834777663242739/
Mr Gary Griffith, please clarify what is a covid party. Is it that there must be more than 4 in attendance, or must there be Venezes in the dance ? With only 1 or 2 in on location, there is definitely no gathering, but what about the loud music? Is it ok to disturb the peace once there is no crowd? You’re the boss so please clarify. The police chief of all persons, must at least be more informed on this topic of noise than his officers. (1) If a new born is in his crib, is it an offense to stay from next door and pelt rocks, or beat him on the head with a bamboo rod or watt ever? Answer : Of course it is, don’t ask answers. (2) If a new born is in his crib, is it an offense to stay from next door and shine a bright 10 watt laser and damage his retina? Answer : Of course it is, stop asking answers. (3) Last question, if a new born is in his crib, is it an offense to stay from next door and use 500 watts of acoustic power, and bombard his tender brains with sound waves upsetting the water molecules and developing neurons? Answer : Well I’ll need a meter to decide. Wrong answer: This is not the primitive times when barely audible transistor radios were newly invented. Also I don’t know of any available meters for measuring levels of disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct in public. Mr G, please move with the times, number 3 is a crime, you and your officers must stop pretending that you not sure. Those sleeping in gated communities, or quiet hoods must try and relate to this noisy nuisance and not only show empathy, but demand justice for those being abused as they try to rest in the comfort of their own homes. If you want to bang out your own nut, then acquire JBL head phones. Abuse is abuse by watt ever means.
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Is Trinidad the Last Large Nesting Site for Leatherback Turtles globally? Sea turtles have been around about 100 million years and having survived numerous extinction events are struggling to survive the impact of humans. The largest species and most ancient of the sea turtles is the leatherback sea turtle which weighs on average 550 kg, and can reach weights of 916 kg. Unique among turtles, leatherbacks are oceanic, spending the majority of their lives in the open ocean and swimming more than 10,000 km per year, returning only to coastal areas and nesting beaches every 2 or 3 years. The leatherback is one of the most intriguing animals in nature, and we are watching it head towards extinction in front of our eyes, Globally there are 6 colonies (7 major nesting beaches which support or have supported more than 1,000 leatherback females nesting annually. These represent on a global basis, key index areas for assessment of status of the leatherback. The largest nesting aggregations for the leatherback in the Pacific includes Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia and Indonesia in the Pacific and in the Atlantic are found on the beaches of northeastern South America along the coasts of French Guiana and Suriname, in Western Africa on the 600 km long coastline of Gabon, and along the North and East coast of Trinidad. In 1980, the Pacific populations of the leatherback sea turtle nesting on the coast of Mexico and Costa Rica was reported to exceed 75,000 female turtles, 175,000 nests annually. Today all of the Pacific nesting sites report less than 1000 nests; that is to say all of the nesting populations are severely reduced, or non-existent. The primary cause for this decline was the introduction and large-scale deployment of coastal gillnet fishing for swordfish in the eastern Pacific leatherback foraging areas off Chile and Peru in the early 1980s. In the case of the eastern Pacific population the mortality was directed against reproductive and non-reproductive (large juvenile) turtles as well as eggs. Pacific populations of the leatherback sea turtle: 175,000 nests in 1980. This is the most rapid destruction of any large vertebrate population in history. The wider Caribbean region supports nesting by 6 of the 7 marine turtle species. While small colonies of leatherbacks nest on beaches from Florida to French Guiana, historically there are only 2 large colonies in the region, and these are located on the beaches of French Guiana / Suriname and on Trinidad. These two major colonies are responsible for more than 90% of all nesting by leatherbacks in the North Atlantic Ocean. However, despite years of conservation efforts, the French Guiana / Suriname nesting colony has collapsed, and Trinidad’s leatherback population is in decline according to a recent assessment by the most comprehensive analysis ever done on the species and published by the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST). In 2018 given this concern the Northwest Atlantic (NWA) Leatherback Working Group was established. Using monitoring data which extended back to 1990 that was contributed by 17 countries, inclusive of Trinidad and Tobago, the team of researchers has shown that the leatherback is in severe trouble in the North Atlantic, and that Trinidad may hold the last best hope for saving the species. In January 2020 Professor Scott Eckert, primary researcher at WIDECAST visited Trinidad and met with officials of the EMA, IMA, Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Marine Resources and Turtle conservation groups in an effort to convey the urgency in ensuring Trinidad’s conservation programmes continue in light of the global plight of the species. According to Professor Scott Eckert Trinidad’s population is declining but at a slower rate than the other large nesting colonies in the region at that our hope for saving the species lies in the continuing of the well established National Sea turtle Conservation program on the primary nesting beaches engaging community groups in Trinidad and Tobago that has long protected its nesting beaches. He notes that the key to reversing the decline will be in “maintaining support for nesting beach conservation efforts; enhancing protection of those nesting beaches; reducing local sources of mortality particularly accidentally killing of leatherbacks in gillnets; protecting offshore habitats and increasing hatchling production”. Over the last ten years, sea turtle monitoring and conservation within Trinidad and Tobago primarily driven by 28 community-based groups under the umbrella of the Turtle Village Trust and through the support of the Green Fund, Atlantic and BHP and in partnership with the EMA, Forestry Division, DNRF (Tobago), IMA and UTT. Like in other WCR countries, this program is committed to contributing towards understanding the drivers in sea turtle nesting. Such data is instrumental in assisting the country in setting of priorities for national and international conservation action, population monitoring and habitat protection, as well as coastal zone management and land use policy. Given the overall decline, it is important to protect and conserve the genetic leatherback stocks throughout the Caribbean. Failure to do so, may result in the loss of these majestic animals from the region, similar to the once large colonies in the Eastern Pacific Ocean which declined from more that 75,000 nesting turtles to less than 1000 between 1986 and 2000. There are only 5 leatherback genetic stocks reported in the WCR (Trinidad, Suriname and French Guiana, Costa Rica, Florida, and St. Croix). While leatherbacks from Trinidad forage alongside turtles from other genetic stock in the North Atlantic Ocean, they are genetically distinct, and may represent the majority of all turtles found foraging in the waters of Canada. According to research by Dr. Mike James, who has also conducted research on leatherbacks in Trinidad, almost 70% of all leatherbacks that he captures in the waters off Nova Scotia, Canada are from the Trinidad stock. This strengthens the importance of protecting and conserving what may well be the last major nesting sites in Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad is blessed to host nesting by this iconic oceanic sea turtle. The opportunity to witness nesting by the largest of all reptiles has long fascinated the tens of thousands of Trinidadians who venture to the beaches of each summer to witness this primordial event. However, without action and a concerted effort to reverse the present decline, the future of leatherbacks is very grim.
Can some some contact me from town and country been calling you'll phones and they aren't working weeks now
2019.07.27 Ms. Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development Mr. Kazim Hosein, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Mr. Rohan Sinanan, Minister of Works and Transport Chief Magistrate, Ms. Busby-Earle Police Commissioner, Captain Gary Griffith Dr. Sammy, Chairman, Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Management Authority Secretary, Licencing Committee, Victoria West Magisterial District, San Fernando Magistrates Court, San Fernando Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health County Medical Officer of Health, Pointe-a-Pierre Road, San Fernando Attention: Director of Planning, Town and Country Division Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government Director of Highways Division, Ministry of Works and Transport Chief Executive Officer, Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Director of Planning, Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Deputy Chief Magistrate, Magistrate’s Court, San Fernando Assistant Commissioner of Police South Senior Superintendent, Police Headquarters, San Fernando Public Health Inspector, Penal Debe Regional Corporation OBJECTION: PROPOSED Hosting of Public Functions & Noise Variation at Doc’s Ranch, LP51, S.S.Erin Road, Phillipine, San Fernando • Ten-Tacular – August 10th 2019 • Summer Fest - August 30th 2019 • Any other I hereby object to the proposed hosting of events at the above mentioned premises, after 10.00pm to sunrise. This area is listed as Agricultural/Residential. I ask that the following be taken into consideration: • Permission to host a public function was granted to a property that did not have planning permission from the Town and Country Division as noted in letter dated February 2012. • The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation were aware of these violations since November 14th 2011 and failed to respond to my correspondences. No action was initiated by the Penal Debe Regional Corporation. • Does a Completion Certificate exist and was a Completion Certificate submitted? • Structures are built within twenty-five feet of the boundary line adjacent to a major roadway. The edge of the roadway is not the boundary line. • The road reserve has been incorporated as part of the frontage. • These illegally constructed buildings are now advertised for public usage, including use as a private health facility. • Does this illegal facility also have permission to sell food? • Does this illegal facility also have permission to sell alcohol? Does this property have the necessary approvals to host a public function, starting with a Completion Certificate? The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government in response to my letter of January 2017 stated on September 06th 2017 the following: “Further, planning permissions are the responsibility of the Town and Country Planning Division,…..” Followed by: “The Penal Debe Regional Corporation (PDRC) initially issued a building permit to Doc’s Ranch dated August 28th 2013. Our investigations revealed that the construction took place contrary to the plans submitted. The owner has since advised the PDRC that an application has been submitted for approval of the relevant variation from the Town and Country Planning Division.” These two above statements by the Penal Debe Regional Corporation are contradictory in nature since Planning Permission has to be approved by TCP before a Building Permit is issued by any Regional Corporation. This contradictory statement is repeated in the letter of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government. It must be noted that the initial complaint was submitted to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the PDRC on November 14th 2011. And this is the “first” response via a third-party – Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, SIX YEARS LATER. And the structures are still illegal as it was in 2011. The Penal/Debe Regional Corporation had been informed of an illegal structure at LP#51, S.S.Erin Road, Phillipine since November 14th 2011. There were further correspondences dated 14th December 2011, 14th January 2012 and 02nd July 2012. It must be noted that while NO acknowledgement of the correspondences were received, an acknowledgement was noted in a newspaper article of page 9 of the Sunday Express dated 27th November 2011. Town and Country Planning Division, dated 02nd February 2012, REF: Com.T7L:0182/2011. It says: Please be informed that a letter of advice was issued to the offender on 2011.12.15. Further no planning permission was granted for the erection of the existing concrete and wood structure along the San Fernando Siparia Erin Road. Please be guided accordingly. Kindly refer to correspondence dated June 22nd 2015 REF: C/T7L/182/2012, Complaint matter relating to development on a site located at LP 51 S.S. Erin Road, Phillipine from the Director, Town and Country Planning Division, 17th Floor, Eric Williams Finance Building, Independence Square, Port of Spain. This illegally constructed facility should not be given permission to hold a public function with noise variation in a RESIDENTIAL area? And worse yet, during the hours between 10.00pm to sunrise? I await your response, as always. Yours sincerely, Philip Ayoung-Chee 17C Hillpiece Road, Phillipine, San Fernando 388 6537