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Dr. Howard Nelson Biodiversity Specialist Ministry of Planning, Housing and the Environment Trinidad and Tobago. National GEF Priorities and Project Ideas – Trinidad and Tobago. National Priorities and Project Ideas.

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Dr. Howard Nelson

Biodiversity Specialist

Ministry of Planning, Housing and the Environment

Trinidad and Tobago

National GEF Priorities and Project Ideas – Trinidad and Tobago


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National Priorities and Project Ideas

  • Development of Adaptation Strategies based on Climate Change Induced Dengue Outbreaks;

  • Pilot - Solar water-heating and lighting for State institutions and government –funded housing;

  • CNG Pilot for Public Transportation;


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National Priorities and Project Ideas

  • Policy and legislative reform analysis for transition to renewable energy and alternative fuels;

  • Vulnerability, adaptation and impact of climate change on nesting marine turtles;

  • Biofuels and waste management;

  • Assessment of the impact of climate change on coral reef carbonate budgets;


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National Priorities and Project Ideas

  • Monitoring of rare terrestrial ecosystems threatened by climate change;

  • Mapping, designation and management of critical wildlife corridors in agricultural and urban landscapes;

  • Gap-analysis of priorities for marine protected area designation;


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Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change Induced Dengue Outbreaks

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNEP


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Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change Induced Dengue Outbreaks

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Development of regionally applicable models for dengue epidemic forecasting under climate change scenarios;

  • Provide a means to forecast climate-change mediated dengue outbreak risk;

  • Provide a tool for government to predict and manage outbreak events;


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Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change Induced Dengue Outbreaks

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Identification of 8 study communities

  • Pre- and post- education intervention surveys

  • Establishment of microclimate monitoring systems in 4 study communities

  • GIS modeling of dengue forecasting at study sites

    GEF Costs, cofinancing, etc

  • Not determined


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Pilot - Solar water-heating and lighting for State institutions and government –funded housing

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNDP


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Pilot - Solar water-heating and lighting for State institutions and government –funded housing

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Development of a national cost-benefit analysis for use of Best Available Technology for solar lighting and heating;

  • Increased awareness and buy-in by State agencies for the transition to renewable energy;

  • Increased public awareness and acceptance of renewable energy in lighting and heating;

  • Reduction of national carbon-emissions;


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Pilot - institutions and government –funded housingSolar water-heating and lighting for State institutions and government –funded housing

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Identification of new State buildings for deployment of technologies;

  • Establishment of a monitoring systems to determine renewable energy system performance;

  • Cost-benefit analysis;

  • Development of national policy on use of renewables based on project evaluation;

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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CNG Pilot for Public Transportation institutions and government –funded housing

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNDP


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CNG Pilot for Public Transportation institutions and government –funded housing

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Increased awareness and buy-in by State agencies for the transition to renewable energy;

  • Increased public awareness and acceptance of use of CNG in transportation;

  • Reduction of national transportation based carbon-emissions;


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CNG Pilot for Public Transportation institutions and government –funded housing

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Identification of State fleet vehicles for deployment of technologies;

  • Establishment of a monitoring systems to determine renewable energy system performance;

  • Cost-benefit analysis;

  • Development of national policy on use of renewables based on project evaluation

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Policy and legislative reform analysis for transition to renewable energy and alternative fuels

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNDP


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Policy and legislative reform analysis for transition to renewable energy and alternative fuels

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Increased awareness and buy-in by State agencies for the transition to renewable energy and alternative fuels;

  • Identification and development of policy instruments for mainstreaming renewable energy and alternative fuels in the energy, transport and agricultural sectors;

  • Reduction of national carbon-emissions by transformation of policy and legislative framework for renewable and alternative fuels use in Trinidad and Tobago;


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Policy and legislative reform analysis for transition to renewable energy and alternative fuels

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Comprehensive analysis of existing policy and legislative framework to determine challenges to renewable and alternative fuels nationally;

  • Development of recommendations to modify existing national policies to increase the attractiveness of renewables and alternative fuels;

  • Draft new national policy on the use of renewables and alternative fuels

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Vulnerability, adaptation and impact of climate change on nesting marine turtles

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change/Biodiversity/Cross-cutting

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNEP


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Vulnerability, adaptation and impact of climate change on nesting marine turtles

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Clearer understanding of the threat posed by climate change to nesting habitat of these globally threatened species;

  • Identification of potential habitat management interventions to ensure protection of marine turtle nesting habitat;

  • Reduction of reduction of extinction risk to marine through climate change by reduction of impact on nesting beaches;


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Vulnerability, adaptation and impact of climate change on nesting marine turtles

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Analysis of known nesting beaches and their potential for erosion through wave action;

  • Modeling of climate change impact on rates of nesting habitat erosion;

  • Identification of potential mitigation activities to protect these habitats;

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Biofuels nesting marine turtles and waste management

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNDP


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Biofuels nesting marine turtles and waste management

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Transformation of a waste-stream of used oils to a biodiesel fuel stream;

  • Reduction of waste oils contamination of surface waters;

  • Reduction of reduction of carbon emissions through reuse of waste oils and use of biodiesel;


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Biofuels nesting marine turtles and waste management

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Analysis of potential sources and volumes of waste edible oils nationally;

  • Cost-benefit analysis of the collection processing and use of edible oils for biodiesel ;

  • Development of collection and processing mechanisms for waste edible oils;

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Assessment of the impact of climate change on coral reef carbonate budgets

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNEP


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Assessment of the impact of climate change on coral reef carbonate budgets

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Development of an understanding of climate change and ocean acidification on coral skeletons;

  • Provision of a model for rates of coral loss through ocean acidification;


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Assessment of the impact of climate change on coral reef carbonate budgets

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Establishment of 2 coral research sites in Tobago and Jamaica;

  • Assessment of the contribution of ocean acidification to suite of stresses facing coral systems

  • Modeling long-term impact on reef extent and implications for sustainable livelihoods

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Monitoring of rare terrestrial ecosystems threatened by climate change

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area – Climate Change/biodiversity/ cross-cutting

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNEP


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Monitoring of rare terrestrial ecosystems threatened by climate change

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Identification of key elements of monitoring system for threatened ecosystems;

  • Develop model of rate of habitat loss;

  • Provide a means for assessing the risk to habitats for species of global importance


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Monitoring of rare terrestrial ecosystems threatened by climate change

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Use of local NGOs and CBOs to establish permanent monitoring sites in cloud and montane forest;

  • Training of forestry department, NGO and CBO partners in identification of target species;

  • Development of spatially-explicit model for rates of response of forest communities to projected climate change,

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Mapping, designation and managing wildlife corridors in agricultural and urban landscapes

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area –biodiversity

  • Proposed GEF Agency – FAO


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Mapping, designation and managing wildlife corridors in agricultural and urban landscapes

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Identification of potential wildlife corridors which can make significant contribution to maintaining biodiversity in habitat fragments in urban/agricultural;

  • Development of policy and administrative mechanisms to protect important wildlife corridors;

  • Provision of means to reduce ecosystem decay and demographic stochasticity for globally threatened species in habitat fragments


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Mapping, designation and managing wildlife corridors in agricultural and urban landscapes

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Identification through remote sensing and GIS modeling critical wildlife corridors;

  • Development of administrative and policy mechanisms to ensure protection of corridors identified as important on the landscape;

  • Development of training tools for use by Forestry Department, NGOs and CBOs

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined


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Gap-analysis of priorities for marine protected area designation

  • Current status - draft project document

  • GEF Focal Area –biodiversity /IW

  • Proposed GEF Agency – UNEP


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Gap-analysis of priorities for marine protected area designation

Major outcomes (Global Environmental Benefits & National Sustainable Development Benefits)

  • Identification of a priority list of marine areas within Trinidad and Tobago’s national jurisdiction for designation as protected areas;

  • Development of an estimate of ideal spatial extent of the marine protected areas system;

  • Develop a national consensus on the identification and designation of MPAs


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Gap-analysis of priorities for marine protected area designation

Main Project activities and link to national strategies

  • Identification of candidate sites for MPA status through remote sensing and GIS modeling;

  • Conduct focus group consultations to determine degree of support for designation of candidate MPAs;

  • Capacity building within management agencies;

    GEF Costs, co-financing, etc

  • Not determined