Monday 9 December, 2019

New signage for Matura National Park

New signage was erected for the Matura National Park in a bid to share more information about Trinidad and Tobago's protected green spaces. 

The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries said in a statement a signage unveiling ceremony was held on Wednesday.

The event was an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA).

Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat, said that this initiative was very important for the area and he thanked the FAO for their support, as they worked closely with the Ministry to realize the project.

The Ministry said the signage is intended to build public awareness of local forest and protected areas.

"These are critical communication components of the project, which is “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago,” said the FAO.

The project is an ongoing initiative which has been implemented by the Organisation on the Government’s behalf over the last four years. The main sign which was unveiled at today’s event will provide information on the size of the protected area, its assets and share instructive messages on the use of the site to support proper management of the area.

It is located at the corner of Toco Road and Salybia-Matura Trace, Salybia Village which is an entryway into the Matura National Park, Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA).

In addition, there will be other signs at the ESA’s boundary and in the surrounding communities from Matura to Matelot, the Ministry said. 

Officials from the Food and Agriculture also indicated that the project is expected to be expanded to four other protected areas across Trinidad and Tobago in the coming months, and will conclude in May 2020.

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