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Photo of the nariva Swamp. Courtesy the FAO T&T.

22 May 2020, Port of Spain – Representatives of various Government agencies will, on Friday May 22, begin a virtual training workshop on the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Biodiversity Information System (TTBIS). The TTBIS is a product output of the “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago” project, which is being implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago through the Ministry of Planning and Development. Friday’s workshop is a critical training exercise that will facilitate the upload of updated data on local biodiversity.

The development of the TTBIS fills a critical need for the provision of a centralized repository of information on local biodiversity that can facilitate policy direction and decision making at a national level. As a signatory to the International Convention on Biological Diversity, access to current and regularly updated data assists in accurate reporting. The repository also provides the opportunity for better information sharing among agencies as well as users of this information including civil society groups, researchers and students.

The University of the West Indies Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, which led the development of the TTBIS will facilitate the training workshop, which continues over the three-day period Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th May 2020. A virtual launch of the system will take place subsequently, in an online webinar.

To learn about the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago project, visit the National Forest and Protected Area website at: