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Green Fund contributes $8 Million for Sustainable Fish Harvesting Research

The Green Fund Executing Unit of the Ministry of Planning and Development, is proud to support the efforts of Future Fishers, Capacity Building of Fishers Initiative for Sustainable Harvest, Education and Research. Future Fishers is a non-profit organisation located at Toco Main Road, Matura, was established in 2017 for the protection and conservation of the nation’s coastal and marine resources. Their overall goal is to create sustainable use and management of coastal and marine resources while improving the opportunities for better governance, economic growth and social advancement through an empowered fishing community. In pursuing this goal, Future Fishers aims to empower the local stakeholders to understand the value and benefits of managing the coastal and marine resources sustainably. Hence, the core focus of Future Fishers’ approach is to create the development of sustainable businesses by instilling a sense of personal responsibility about the future impact of current decisions.

 

Future Fishers intends to rebuild and sustain our marine ecosystems by improving species populations at high levels of economic and biological productivity, increasing the biological diversity, and highlighting the services derived from marine ecosystems. Coupled with producing a sustainable system of food, revenue, and recreation for the current and future generations. The purpose of the first phase of this initiative will be to encourage local stakeholder participation and collaboration of the sustainable use of coastal and marine resources, to create livelihood opportunities, and a greater level of commitment to the environment.

 

The Future Fishers intend to achieve its purpose by:

1. Strengthening the Governance and Management of Future Fishers through the use of improved policy, direction, management systems, operating guidelines.

2. Identifying and developing opportunities for the implementation Fisheries harvesting and Post-harvesting business activities.

3. Increasing the Ecosystem Management Awareness mechanism among primary stakeholders.

4. Strengthening the Fishers’ participation and commitment to the responsible use of natural and physical resources.

 

The expected outcome of this initiative is that with enhanced stakeholder participation and collaboration of sustainable use of coastal and marine resources, will create livelihood opportunities and a greater level of commitment to the environment inclusive of the identification and implementation of a Climate Change Risk Mitigation Plan. This initiative aids in the achievement of Theme 5 of the Government’s National Development Strategy, Vision 2030, that is; ‘Placing the Environment at the Centre of Social and Economic Development. This project also contributes to the achievement of three key United Nations sustainable goals; Goal 2: Zero Hunger, which involves taking urgent action to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Goal 13: Climate Action, which involves taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts through improves education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. Goal 14: Life Below Water. which aims at ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans, seas and marine resources to preserve for future generations.

 

The Green Fund Executing Unit of the Ministry of Planning and Development, was established to provide financial assistance to eligible community groups and organizations for activities related to: reforestation, remediation, environmental education and public awareness of environmental issues and conservation of the environment. The Fund is capitalized by a Green Fund Levy of 0.3% on the gross sales or receipts of companies operating in Trinidad and Tobago. To date, the Green Fund Unit has contributed approximately $49 million to support environmental projects within Trinidad and Tobago. For further information on how you can access financial assistance for your next environmental project, contact the Green Fund Unit at (868) 225 – 3313.

Environmental Pride is National Pride!