Saturday 7 December, 2019

THA to host discussions on making North East Tobago a Unesco site

The Division of Information, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) of the Tobago House of Assembly will hold a series of information sessions on potentially nominating North East Tobago as a UNESCO site.

The sessions are being hosted for residents over the next eight days.

A release from the DIQE said the development of communities and business opportunities specific to North-East Tobago’s natural and cultural heritage will be discussed.

These sessions which are scheduled to run from the April 30 to May 7 will be facilitated by a caucus of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and stakeholders in collaboration with the relevant Divisions of the Tobago House of Assembly.

Residents will explore the possible social and economic benefits of the world-famous UNESCO ‘Man and the Biosphere’ programme which seeks to empower persons in the communities to sustainably harness business opportunities existing in the natural and cultural space.

The Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC) will be on hand to make a presentation on the UNESCO proposal and facilitate discussions with the community to determine stakeholder interest.

Tobago's North Eastern area includes a proposed marine protected area that encompasses several large coral reef formations, Little Tobago Island, Goat Island, St. Giles Islands and numerous Rocks, such as the Sisters and Brothers Rocks. 

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

- Tuesday,  April 30 at the Parlatuvier Multi-Purpose Facility at 6.00 pm
- Wednesday, May 1 at the Speyside High School at 5.30 pm
- Thursday, May 2 at the Castara Community Centre at 5.30 pm
- Tuesday, May 7 at the Charlotteville Library at 5:30 pm.

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