Trinidad & Tobago Society of Planners

Trinidad & Tobago Society of Planners The Trinidad & Tobago Society of Planners is a non-profit organization that upholds the standards of the urban planning profession in Trinidad and Tobago.
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Fishermen and Friends of the Sea - FFOS
07/02/2021

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea - FFOS

Toco Port Squander-mania

National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has officially revealed that our Government has spent a whopping TT$11M (10,976,794.29 exactly), in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the long “shelved” Toco Port Project.

In reviewing the EIA prepared by ERM West, an American company, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) identified several deficiencies which had to be addressed before they were able to make an informed, objective and fair decision regarding the determination of the CEC Application. The most appalling among the deficiencies was ERM West’s failure to follow the specific requirements of the Terms of Reference (TOR).

FFOS respectfully request from our Honorable Prime Minister an explanation of his Government’s decision to bypass our local scientists and EIA experts, to retain the services of an international company to conduct the EIA, and at such an inflated cost.

There are several locally owned and locally staffed Environmental Consultancies which are more than qualified to properly assess this project's proposed impacts.

In these times of an imbalance of trade with scarce foreign exchange, and a failing economy, why were our people blanked in favor of a foreign company?

This exorbitant and inflated cost appears to be the most paid for an EIA in the history of our Nation. This money could have been saved. In these times of layoffs and recession, why is this squander mania continuing? Which Minister gleefully approved this inflated cost?

Furthermore, why was the EIA continued if the project has been shelved?!

Why hasn’t the CEC application been withdrawn?

This exorbitant and boldfaced raid on our Treasury is another example of what could have been prevented had the Office of the Procurement Regulator been empowered by the Procurement Regulations and not continue to remain conveniently neutered by recent amendments which have allowed this Government to railroad critically needed third party oversight. Simple loop holes and grey areas continue to be exploited by nefarious leaders concerned solely with the greasy tradition of lining their pockets with Public money.

Unless Governments make decisions that display patriotism and reflect an iota of environmental and financial sustainability, our nation will continue to be bankrupted and branded as a failed state.

FFOS longs for the day when Governments of our beautiful Nation put our people first.

05/02/2021
12/12/2020
Institute of Marine Affairs

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The Institute of Marine Affairs champions Marine Spatial Planning and the Blue Economy as development tools for Trinidad and Tobago.

26/11/2020

The East Regional Office has limited opening hours as a result of the AC in the building not working. Our understanding is that TCPD is open until 11am.

Thank you Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries! This is a very low key year for TTSP activities and we a...
09/11/2020

Thank you Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries! This is a very low key year for TTSP activities and we are grateful for your acknowledgement

#worldtownplanningday2020 #ttsp #ttplanners

On behalf of all of us at the TTCSI we extend greetings to the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners on the occasion of World Town Planners Day which was celebrated on 8th November, 2020. We acknowledge the great value of planners as we create spaces (public and private) to meet the needs of all of our people.

#ourmembersourpriority #pllaners #worldtownplannersday

Trinidad & Tobago Society of Planners

04/11/2020

Town and Country Planning Division

Public Notice

Telephones temporarily out of service at the Town and Country Planning Division’s South Regional Office

Wednesday 4th November, 2020

Members of the public are advised that the South Regional Office of the Town and Country Planning Division located at Palm’s Club, Pointe-a-Pierre Road, San Fernando, is currently experiencing challenges with its telephone lines. The service provider is currently working with the Office to expeditiously rectify this issue.

The South Regional Office however, can be contacted via the following e-mails –

[email protected]

[email protected]

The Division sincerely regrets this disruption of service, and any inconvenience this may cause to our customers and stakeholders.

Ministry of Planning and Development
04/11/2020

Ministry of Planning and Development

It is a BIG deal.
North East Tobago's designation as a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve, makes it the largest of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean.
But what does this even mean???
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Check out the slides below.

Registration is now open to attend the national webinar on developing Marine Spatial Planning and the Blue Economy in Tr...
28/10/2020

Registration is now open to attend the national webinar on developing Marine Spatial Planning and the Blue Economy in Trinidad and Tobago:

http://on.unesco.org/TT_NatWeb_MSPeco

https://www.guardian.co.tt/business/govt-moves-to-revitalise-city-6.2.1240070.f4c2153940Looking forward to TCPD driving ...
27/10/2020
Govt moves to revitalise city

https://www.guardian.co.tt/business/govt-moves-to-revitalise-city-6.2.1240070.f4c2153940

Looking forward to TCPD driving this process with the active involvement of stakeholders like the TTSP. The stated projects need to be developed not as an end in themselves, but within the context of robust spatial planning, otherwise they run the risk of ending up as yet more white elephants. Projects without context do not contribute to real national development and societal transformation and betterment for ALL citizens. The Udecott process needs to be driven by and grounded in relevant and coherent spatial planning. This point cannot be over emphasized.

In a state­ment the Min­istry of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment said projects will be de­vel­oped us­ing pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ships, adding that some of the pro­posed sites in­clude The Memo­r­i­al Plaza Project, Sal­va­tori Build­ing Project, Pic­cadil­ly De­vel­op­ment...

Ministry of Planning and Development
26/10/2020

Ministry of Planning and Development

Thank you!
Our thanks go out to all those persons and agencies registering to use DevelopTT. Special thanks to our partners for all your cooperation along the way!

Have you registered to access DevelopTT yet?
Visit www.developtt.gov.tt to get your registration done without even leaving your home!
#developtt #tcpd #transformation #EaseOfDoingBusiness #Vision2030

Trinidad & Tobago Institute of Architects, The GIS Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GISSTT), Trinidad & Tobago Society of Planners, co-rd Limited, Port of Spain City Corporation, Diego Martin Regional Corporation, San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, Chaguanas Borough Corporation, Couva/ Tabaquite/ Talparo Regional Corporation, Tunapuna / Piarco Regional Corporation Ministry of Trade and Industry

24/10/2020
Amcham: Government needs to deal with Nabarima threat - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
22/10/2020
Amcham: Government needs to deal with Nabarima threat - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Amcham: Government needs to deal with Nabarima threat - Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

PATRICIA Ghany, president of the American Chamber of Commerce of TT (Amcham), says the government needs to use every available option to deal with the Nabarima oil vessel. The tilting vessel, containing about 1.3 million barrels of oil, is in Venezuela’s waters in the Gulf of Paria. It reportedly ...

JCC-Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry
10/09/2020

JCC-Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry

09/09/2020
Online users log on to Town and Country's DevelopTT system (Trinidad Guardian) - Town and Country Planning Division
04/09/2020
Online users log on to Town and Country's DevelopTT system (Trinidad Guardian) - Town and Country Planning Division

Online users log on to Town and Country's DevelopTT system (Trinidad Guardian) - Town and Country Planning Division

Author: Charles Kong Soo Link to original article: https://www.guardian.co.tt/news/online-users-log-on-to-town-and-countrys-developtt-system-6.2.1074114.cd8fbe2191 Story published in the Trinidad Guardian on Monday 9th March, 2020. De­vel­opTT now has at least 12 ttcon­nect reg­is­tered on­lin...

26/08/2020
Citizens for Conservation Trinidad and Tobago

Citizens for Conservation Trinidad and Tobago

Conversations with CFC – Episode 1 dives into the debate about the issue of the removal of statues and monuments, specifically those associated with colonization.

We interviewed 5 professionals via Zoom to get their opinions on the hotly debated topic. These individuals - Amanda Choo Quan, Wendell Manwarren, Dr Brinsley Samaroo, Dr. Rita Pemberton and Bridget Brereton - are a mixture of social activists and historians, who are all interested in our country's history and how it impacts life today.

We will love to hear your views so please comment! #citizensforconservationtt #ttheritage #monuments#trinidadandtobago #ttnationaltrust

“The current planning system does not encourage a visionary approach where communities can explore three-dimensional opt...
18/08/2020
Fit for purpose? 'Rebalancing' planning can create distinctive places | The Planner

“The current planning system does not encourage a visionary approach where communities can explore three-dimensional options for the future of their towns”

https://www.theplanner.co.uk/opinion/fit-for-purpose-rebalancing-planning-can-create-distinctive-places?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=

Visionary planning has stagnated as the system has evolved into a means of mediating competing interests, says Roger Evans. But it can be rediscovered in true engagement with communities

17/08/2020
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Park-and-Ride Pilot considerations for Trinidad and Tobago...take part in the survey

The Inter-American Development Bank and Ministry of Works and Transport are working on a project to reduce your travel time. The solution is to establish two Park and Ride Stations catering for commuters from the East and from South. Car owners would have the option to park their cars in a well secu...

Fresh Mandate for Old Promise
15/08/2020
Fresh Mandate for Old Promise

Fresh Mandate for Old Promise

P.18 of the PNM 2020 Manifesto. “early in our next Term” they are promising that the Regulations will be “enacted”.....Will the Prime Minister do the honourable thing this time around and move this anti-corruption legislation forward? What will be your legacy sir?

Relevant principles and lessons...
10/08/2020

Relevant principles and lessons...

Interesting presentation. Please have a look. Positive progress by this Division. https://www.facebook.com/1032596047296...
04/08/2020

Interesting presentation. Please have a look. Positive progress by this Division.

https://www.facebook.com/103259604729642/posts/143642570691345/

Until now, there has been no single institution in Trinidad and Tobago where one can access all available information related to #Biodiversity.

On Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 10am (AST), the #EPPDTT will be publicly launching the Trinidad and Tobago Biodiversity Information System (#TTBIS), an outcome of the Improving Forested and Protected Areas Management in Trinidad and Tobago (GCP/TRI/003/GFF) project.

This virtual webinar will feature opening remarks from Mr. Reuben Robertson (FAO Representative for Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname) and our very own, Ms. Joanne Deoraj (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Development).

Featured presentation and demonstration of the TTBIS by Dr. Bheshem Ramlal- PhD, MRICS, MCICES, Senior Lecturer Dept. of Geoscience, Engineering and Land Management, University of the West Indies.

This webinar will be broadcast LIVE on our page (@eppdtt) on the day and time specified above.

Looking forward to your participation!

#EPPDTT #Biodiversity #TTBIS

UWI St. Augustine Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) ProtectEd Ministry of Planning and Development

28/07/2020
Plan The World We Need

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsSqnDTpq0&feature=emb_logo

The RTPI's #PlantheWorldWeNeed campaign aims to raise awareness of the vital role planners have in every aspect of the recovery in order to revive the economy, tackle inequality and meet net-zero targets by 2050.

These principles are applicable and relevant not just in the UK, but for all of us

The RTPI's #PlantheWorldWeNeed campaign aims to raise awareness of the vital role planners have in every aspect of the recovery in order to revive the econom...

The Faculty of Science and Technology, The UWI Mona
25/07/2020

The Faculty of Science and Technology, The UWI Mona

Two UWI Scientists Appointed to the SIDS Liaison Committee of the International Science Council (ISC)

Two UWI scientists, Prof Terrence Forrester (UWI Mona) and Prof Michelle Mycoo (UWI St. Augustine) have been appointed to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Liaison Committee of the International Science Council (ISC). The Liaison Committee will strengthen integration of scientific knowledge from Small Island Developing States into the ISC’s activities.

See full story: https://www.mona.uwi.edu/fst/two-uwi-scientists-appointed-sids-liaison-committee-international-science-council-isc

Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, UWI
17/07/2020

Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, UWI

Consider a career as an Urban Planner! You would become part of a dynamic team of professionals who help to design cities. Apply today! https://sta.uwi.edu/admissions/postgrad/

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is collecting information on the use and impact of fireworks. This informat...
10/07/2020

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is collecting information on the use and impact of fireworks. This information will be used, together with the findings of the Joint Select Committee on Social Services and Public Administration’s 5th Report on the Health Effects of Fireworks, to submit recommendations to the relevant authorised bodies on the management of fireworks nationally.

Please take a moment to complete the survey and share the link with others. The survey will be conducted from 19th June to 18thJuly, 2020.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MS5L339

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On this World Environment Day in the year 2020, as planners we must take cognisance of the fact that one million species are at the brink of extinction and globally 75% of our land-based environments have been altered by human actions. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, anthropogenic forces have placed pressure on our land and other natural resources which have serious implications for our own survival. These changes will be exacerbated by climate change. Further, COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need for planners to re-evaluate how we allocate land and support infrastructural projects for socio-economic development. This must be done while balancing biodiversity conservation. The planning profession has a major responsibility in promoting urbanisation that will inform how people interact in spaces and access housing, land, water and sanitation services. Planners are instrumental in visioning the future. Let us play our part in saving the environment for future generations while simultaneously resolving the challenges of poverty and inequality, climate change and the pandemic. Our future is depending on us. Michelle Mycoo Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, The UWI, St. Augustine Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners
On this World Environment Day in the year 2020, as planners we must take cognisance of the fact that one million species are at the brink of extinction and globally 75% of our land-based environments have been altered by human actions. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, anthropogenic forces have placed pressure on our land and other natural resources which have serious implications for our own survival. These changes will be exacerbated by climate change. Further, COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need for planners to re-evaluate how we allocate land and support infrastructural projects for socio-economic development. This must be done while balancing biodiversity conservation. The planning profession has a major responsibility in promoting urbanisation that will inform how people interact in spaces and access housing, land, water and sanitation services. Planners are instrumental in visioning the future. Let us play our part in saving the environment for future generations while simultaneously resolving the challenges of poverty and inequality, climate change and the pandemic. Our future is depending on us. Michelle Mycoo Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, The UWI, St. Augustine Member of the Trinidad and Tobago Society of Planners