Livelihoods assessment for communities surrounding the Matura forest and coastal zone pilot protected area, Trinidad

2018-12-03T10:26:15Z (GMT) by Veerle Van den Eynden
Report describing a livelihoods assessment carried out in communities surrounding the Matura Forest and Coastal Zone pilot protected area. This protected area consists of Matura National Park (MNP) Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) – a primary tropical forest area of 9000 ha that was declared an ESA in 2004 - and the three protected beaches at Grande Riviere, Matura and Fishing Pond - declared protected beaches to conserve nesting leatherback turtles in 1990. This study forms part of the “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago (IFPAM-TT)” project of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.

Aim was to assess how local livelihoods are based on the natural resource richness Matura National Park and the nearby protected beaches have to offer; and determine which livelihoods opportunities based on the sustainable use of natural resources communities want to develop.