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About ET

ENVIRONMENT TOBAGO (ET) is a Trinidad and Tobago based environmental, non-governmental, volunteer, membership run organization. Established in 1996 and registered under the Companies Act (1995) ET remains a proactive advocacy group rallying against negative environmental activities. The organization comprises an elected board of directors - volunteers also, two salaried staff and over a hundred members.

ET's funding comes mainly through donor grants and contributions from individuals. These have included; the Fernandes Trust Fund, bhpBilliton (trading in our country as BHP T&T), the British High Commission, BPTT, the Canadian High Commission, the Trinidad Hilton Hotel, KIDS in the Caribbean Program, Tidy TnT Program, SWMCOL (the latter two T&T Government Initiatives, the Rockefeller Foundation, PAHO/UNEP, UNDP/GEF, the Division of Education (Tobago House of Assembly), the Unit Trust Corporation, the Australian High Commission. Petrotrin, the US Embassy, the Caribsave Project and many others. Smaller companies have also contributed, for instance ACE Printery, Essentially Tobago and MagusICT. ET also generates income from time to time through book and memorabilia sales, membership fees and via consultation on environmental issues.

Our Capacity: 
Environment Tobago implements several key projects over the years which include:

The annual Keep A Clean School Awards Program - funded by BHP T&T, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation funded Ridge to Reef Education Program. However, we have done awareness and advocacy work ranging from enviro calypso competitions, to training Tobago school teachers - via an Environment Education manual. \ 
Environment Tobago has also dabbled in water testing, deploying the Tobago water-watch network to keep an eagle eye on earthwater quality. We still maintain Summer and Easter eco school holiday camps. We have also championed for environment through the British High Commission funded project - namely the World Wetlands Day Art Competition. Further to this Environment Tobago participates non-stop in cleanups - spanning beaches, rivers, wetlands and forests.

Our Current Projects: 
Environment Tobago is presently part of a team that includes the Ministry of Environment and Energy Affairs, the Tobago House of Assembly and many other civil society actors in the Full Size GEF funded Integrated Forestry and Protected Areas Pilot Project. Even more more recently, thanks to the European Commission; we are into an expanded program of work to optimize T\&T's adoption of the 'new' Sustainable Goals - essentially Civil Society Organisations working with Local Authorities (hash tag #CSOs4GoodGovernance) to increase national buy-in of the SDGs. The core partnership comprises CSO colleagues; United Way (TT), CANARI, Veni Apwaan, University of the West Indies (UWI)'s Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Women's Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD). #UPDATE 1: The expanded CSOs4GoodGovernance partnership has - as of 2018, grown to include over twenty (20) other national civil society bodies. #UPDATE 2: The European Commission has also granted another consortium - and which again includes Environment Tobago as a co-applicant, the means to implement a transparency initiative at the national level to create awareness on enhancing civil society governance capacity for the extractive industries. Our partners in this latest project is; Cropper Foundation,Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, the Network of Rural Women Producers and the Oilfield Workers Trade Union.

Future ET projects include:  Coral Reefs of Tobago Poster and Education Program, Summer and Easter Eco-Camps Environmental Education Programs, Conservation at the Greenhill Estate, Wetlands Nursery and Co-management at Kilgwyn Estate, Tobago Wetlands Assessment \& Restoration Program, Green Fund Training Workshops on coastal Conservation for T\&TEC, TSTT and CEPEP Wetlands Photo Book, e-Waste Recycling Project, Recycling (Paper Trail), Early Childhood Environmental Education Program, Keep A Green School Program, Avian (Bird) Inventory and Conservation - Greenhill Estate Project Pacemaker- for rehabilitation of inland lagoons and waterways. NE Tobago Carbon Project. We are in the planning phase of a (mangrove) crab conservation project that will also benefit (by virtue of creating safe habitat) local iguana, agouti and other wetland dependent lifeforms.

What we do daily:\  Education ranks highly on the Environment Tobago agenda. Outreach programs include a traveling eco-classroom (exhibitions, audio-visual presentations and activities), public exhibitions. Secondary school CXC presentations for Business and Chemistry (covering topics such as Environmental Economics, solid waste and water pollution, climate change, ethics and valuation), primary schools biodiversity modules and teacher training environmental education.
ET also keeps a firm eye on the day to day management of the national environment by ensuring expert and timely feedback in provided in matters policy, development, resource usage and infrastructure, as well as maintenance where it can affect nature. We also try to stay abreast of change in general - largely through field trips or via the ET hotline (868-660-7462).

The ET Education Centre supplies an extensive resource of environmental information for teachers and the general public. Another component of this NGO's work involves liaising with the government and other eNGO organizations on matters affecting the environment, e.g. policy and law strengthening, solid waste disposal issues and methods; the implementation and enforcement of marine and terrestrial conservation laws. Consultations /EIA for sustainable development in Tobago. Many of us are Honorary Game Wardens. We work with Buccoo Reef Trust, SOS Save our sea turtles and NEST-North East Sea Turtles. We spread the conservation word through our Environmental Column in the Tobago news and our quarterly newsletter, as well as other publications. Our website, Facebook and Twitter. We are members of the GEF-CSO Network, of COPE (Council of the Presidents of the Environment) and Members of the Caribbean Conservation Association - CCA.

Environment TOBAGO produces an annual report and audited accounts at the end of each financial year. Copies of these are located at ET’s office and available for viewing by the membership or interested individual on request. The Board meets once monthly. Elections of officers take place on a bi-annual basis.

Our Board of Directors at present are:

  • Bertrand Bhikarry (President)
  • Patricia Turpin (Vice President)
  • Wendy Austin (Secretary)
  • Andy M Roberts (Treasurer)
  • Aljoscha Wotke
  • Andrea Tuitt
  • Darren Henry
  • Dr. Ryan Allard

Staff members:

Aneesa Meijas (Administrative Assistant), Barry Lovelace (Education Coordinator) and Dr Kerton Jobe (Project Manager)

Contact Information:

Phone: 1-868- 660-7462 Fax: 1-868-660-7467

E-mail:office@environmenttobago.net

Office Address:

#11 Cuyler Street

Scarborough Tobago WI

Mailing Address:

Post Office Box 503

Scarborough Tobago, W I

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