GEF Small Grants Programme

Established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by “thinking globally acting locally”. By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people’s well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.  Website

National Centre for Persons with Disabilities

NCPD Paper Recycling Project

Disabled youth with developmental, physical and other disabilities learn paper recycling at the National Center for Persons with Disabilities in San Fernando, as a means of artistic expression and potential self-employment. They discuss their personal challenges, their love of music, and their hopes and dreams, in intimate and powerful interviews that affirm their – and our –humanity.

Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville

ERIC Marine Protected Area Co-management, Capacity Building in Tobago

ERIC, the Environmental Research Institute, Charlotteville, is working with community groups to educate local residents in managing natural resources. In anticipation of the establishment of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in north Tobago, participants are being trained in multiple areas, including community awareness-raising, bio-data collection, reef monitoring, ecology training, seabird monitoring and protected area management. Participants, community members and ERIC team members talk about the tangible change they aim to create in their environment.

Nature Seekers Northeast Coast Sea Turtle

By-catch Awareness, Alternative Livelihood and Energy Promotion Project

Fishing methods currently practiced in T&T lead to the accidental killing of critically endangered sea turtles. Nature Seekers, a popular environmental group in Matura, along the Trinidad north coast, is educating the population – and young people in particular – about the dangers of turtle by-catch. Their awareness program highlights the importance of alternative fishing practices that are more sustainable and which encourage the protection of local fish stock.

UWI Chemistry Department

Heights of Guanapo Aquaponics Project

The Heights of Guanapo community is nestled around a major national landfill site in the hills near Arima. Many residents make their living through scavenging and recycling at the dump. Concerned that the entire community is affected by potential contamination, crime and underemployment, UWI Chemistry Department is conducting an intervention. Their project educates the community on the practical implementation of Aquaponics, as they grow vegetables in water where fish are also being reared in a symbiotic balance.