With the boast of being home to the oldest Forest Reserve in the Western Hemisphere – the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago, which was declared in 1764 – Trinidad and Tobago has demonstrated a history of taking strategic steps to protecting its natural heritage.

 

Up to 2015, some seventy-five (75) areas were provided legal protection under various Acts, and some 100 other sites inventoried for designation as heritage sites across both islands. From that year, steps were taken to review these designations and institute a new regulatory framework and management system for protected areas, by piloting an approach in six pilot protected areas.

 

This website was developed during that process, and is the repository of all current information on designated Protected Areas outlined in the National Protected Areas Policy of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2011). The site will be continually updated to serve as an important resource for dissemination of accurate and up-to-date information on these sites. We hope you enjoy your visit​.

 

This website was prepared as an output of the “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago” project (2015-2019) through the funding support of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT), the European Union (EU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN) and the Global Environment Facility.

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