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.