Tobago Cays Marine Park

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Chapter 9. IMPLEMENTATION MECHANISM

Describe the mechanisms and programmes that are in place in regard to each of the following management tools in the nominated site (fill only the fields that are relevant for your site)


Management tools Existing Mechanisms and programmes in place Comments (if any)
Public awareness, education, and information dissemination programmes yes The Management Plan sets out specific objectives for public engagement: • To enhance public awareness of environmental issues and thereby build a national constituency for sound resource management • To contribute to public education in the interpretation of the natural environment To achieve these objectives the Management Plan sets out a number of actions – these include maintaining the website, producing brochures and providing a useful visitors office. Ad hoc studies have enabled the management to gain insights into public opinion and tailor communication.
Capacity building of staff and management no The TCMP realises the importance of continued training and capacity building efforts for management and staff. Staff are encouraged to attend training and conferences across the region. A recent notable training was the turtle monitoring held by WILDCAST – this is now being repeated each year.
Research, data storage, and analysis yes Due to the iconic status of the marine park, a number of studies have been completed by research institutions in partnership with TCMP. However, these studies are ad hoc and rely on external funding and technical support
Surveillance and enforcement yes Park rangers have the power and training to enforce park rules. Rangers and wardens visit the park daily to collect fees and monitor visitor behaviour and enforce the rules.
Participation of exterior users yes The authority has undertaken communication and participation efforts for the wider local community (see first point)
Alternative and sustainable livelihoods yes The TCMP has a close working relationship with users of the park who make their living from vending, diving, tourism, hospitality, fishing etc. The TCMP has not undertaken its own livelihood initiatives, but supports other sustainable livelihood efforts which complement their conservation goals.
Adaptative management yes The TCMP uses new information and studies to change its management practices, for example beginning turtle surveys and using Reef Check.