Tuesday 18 June, 2019

THA reviews Tobago sargassum emergency response plan

Investments in human and technological resources for predictable forecasting, improving systems for effective response, greater engagement of community groups, and research in sargassum seaweed use were some of the recommendations put forward by stakeholders at a meeting to review the Tobago Sargassum Emergency Response Plan (2016).

In a statement released by the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), the meeting was hosted in early August at the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE). According to managers present, "there is need to re-evaluate the Plan given changing institutional and environmental circumstances, such as the realignment of Tobago House of Assembly Divisions and dynamic climate changes."

In addition to evaluating this year’s response, the review will allow planners to institute the latest developments to sargassum management, learn from regional successes in preparation for the 2019 season and explore innovations in the utilization of the seaweed. Stakeholders represented at the meeting were DIQE’s Unemployment Relief Programme (URP), Development Programme, Environment Department and the Coastal Zone Management Unit; the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA); the Division of Food Production, Forestry and Fisheries; CEPEP Company Limited, Tobago; and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG).

A report emanating from the review is due in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

 

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