Trinidad and Tobago joins global effort to protect pollinators

Coalition of the Willing: Dr. Lena Dempewolf (left) of theEnvironmental Policy and Planning Division and Mr. Martijn Thijssen from Promote Pollinators, Coalition of the Willing with Trinidad and Tobago’s declaration.

October 16, 2023: The Ministry of Planning and Development announces another step contributing significantly to Trinidad and Tobago's biodiversity and food security through recent membership of the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators. This reaffirms our commitment to preserving invaluable pollinators locally. Trinidad and Tobago now stands as the 32nd partner in this worldwide endeavour to recognise and safeguard these often-underappreciated species.

The declaration cementing this commitment was signed by Trinidad and Tobago’s Planning and Development Minister Pennelope Beckles. Minister Beckles lauds this initiative as a key project contributing to the goals of Trinidad and Tobago’s National Environmental Policy; the National Development Strategy, VISION 2030 and Sustainable Development Goal 15, Life on Land.

This historic moment highlights Trinidad and Tobago's dedication to taking proactive steps towards the protection and sustenance of pollinators.

In tandem with this decision, the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Ministry of Planning and Development, together with the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network Trinidad and Tobago (BES-Net TT) project organised a three-day workshop facilitated by representatives from Promote Pollinators, the Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center. This workshop on the development of a Theory of Change for a National Pollinator Strategy provided an essential platform for government officials and non-governmental stakeholders to collaboratively draft a roadmap for the harmonious coexistence, widespread awareness, valuation, and collective management of pollinators in Trinidad and Tobago.

The draft Theory of Change serves as a strategic framework outlining key actions that will align our country with the goals of safeguarding pollinators, sustaining our rich biodiversity, and ensuring food security for generations to come.

Concurrently, the Ministry of Planning and Development, with the invaluable support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is actively implementing the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network Trinidad and Tobago (BES-Net TT) project. This local initiative is at the forefront of research, public awareness campaigns, and policy recommendations related to pollinators. The Theory of Change workshop and the signing of the Coalition of the Willing declaration complement the objectives of the BES-Net TT project and strengthen Trinidad and Tobago's commitment to the protection and enhancement of its vital pollinator populations.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago extends its heartfelt appreciation to all local and international stakeholders for their unwavering support and collaboration in this pivotal endeavour. Together, we look forward to a future where pollinators continue to thrive, enriching our natural environment and ensuring our nation's prosperity.