Trinidad and Tobago Struggles to Meet its Biodiversity Targets

By Jewel Fraser
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Mar 17 2020 (IPS)

Trinidad and Tobago, like many other signatories to the United
Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, had made commitments in
2010, to achieve several biological diversity targets during the
decade 2011 to 2020, commonly referred to as the Aichi targets.
However, achieving most of those targets continues to be a work in
progress.

Kishan Kumarsingh, head of Multilateral  Environmental 
Agreements  at Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Planning and
Development tells Voices from the Global  South that the
government is keen on achieving the targets, however, in view of
the economic benefits the country expects to  derive  from having
healthy biodiversity.

In 2016, in its fifth national report to the U.N. Convention on
Biological Diversity, Trinidad and Tobago estimated that coastal
protection services provided by coral reefs, mangroves and marshes
were worth nearly $50 million annually to the country, while the
forests in Trinidad’s famous Northern Range were estimated to
provide soil retention services valued at as much as $620 million
annually, representing nearly seven percent of central government
annual revenues. A more recent study completed with the Food and
Agriculture Organisation of the U.N. suggests that communities
close to forests enjoy a 30 percent increase in their annual income
due to forest-related employment.

Though biodiversity in Trinidad and Tobago is coming under
increasing pressure, Kumarsingh says the hope is to incorporate the
economic value derived from biological diversity and ecosystem
services into the country’s national development plans.

In this Voices from the Global South podcast, IPS Caribbean
correspondent Jewel Fraser learns more about Trinidad and
Tobago’s challenges with regard to achieving these sustainable
biodiversity goals.

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In this Voices from the Global South podcast, Jewel Fraser
finds out more about challenges facing Trinidad and Tobago as it
seeks to meet its Aichi biodiversity targets under the Convention
on Biological Diversity.

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Trinidad and Tobago Struggles to Meet its Biodiversity Targets