IMAGE: Brickfield Mudflats, Central Trinidad.
We've added a new event to our World Environment Month activities.
In commemoration of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the Ministry of Planning and Development, through our Environmental Policy and Planning Division (EPPD) and the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), is undertaking a mangrove replanting exercise at the Brickfield mudflats in Central Trinidad on Sunday, June 24th 2018. Our mangrove forests are very important as they are one of our first lines of defense against some of the impacts of climate change - sea level rise and storm surge. They also reduce the impacts of storms by dissipating wind and wave energy.
Join us on Sunday June 24th, 2018 from 7am-10am at the Brickfield mudflats (see map - https://bit.ly/2t4q3eK) as we replant approximately 1,000 mangrove seedlings to mitigate ongoing erosion of the headland. ALso, we are looking for volunteers to collect the seedlings at the Caroni Swamp Visitors' Centre on Saturday June 23 from 8am to 10am. Visit us on Facebook @Planning TNT for more details.
Appropriate gear is required for this event. Volunteers should come prepared with sneakers or boots, long pants, hats/headwear, gloves, mosquito repellent, planting tools (spade or cutlass and a bucket), water and a light snack or lunch (if required). It is recommended that you bring clean clothes for changing afterwards. Due to the nature of the mudflats, children under 13 are not allowed.
If you want to volunteer to be part of this initiative, please email your name and contact information to AmeliaFuentes@planning.gov.tt to register.