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Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust

Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust

Name of organisation: Point-a-pierre Wildlife Trust

Funding support: Petrotin; GEF/UNDP/SGP; various private and charitable trusts; membership

Number of staff: 4

Number of visitors per year:  21,000

Overall aims of the centre

Promoting sustainability and the wise use of wetlands; offering the public an inspiring hands-on experience of nature and wetlands; management and breeding of wetland species; lobbying and influencing wetland policy and practice.

Description of the centre

The Pointe-a Pierre Wildfowl Trust, now in its 47th year is an independent, national, not for profit, environmental, non-government, volunteer, membership organization, and encompassing 2 lakes and about 30 hectares of land within a major petrochemical and oil refining complex, PETROTRIN.

LINKAGES are pivotal in the management of our area and programmes, offering a model of wise-use. The PaP Wildfowl Trust, a wetland habitat, is a peaceful haven where members (approx. 2000) and visitors may relax; enjoy bird watching, photography and interpretative trails. The LEARNING CENTRE houses information dealing with living organisms and their habitats, an unique mollusk collection and a small, but comprehensive Amerindian Museum.

Main CEPA work areas

In 1979, the Trust initiated an environmental education programme with audio-visuals; the first to be taken into primary, secondary and comprehensive schools and community groups throughout Trinidad, and later on, in Tobago. In 1982, they started ‘hands on’ field work, at the Trust and initiated guided field trips for schools’ ‘Scouts’ and ‘Guides’ groups to The Asa Wright Nature Centre, Toco and Matura.

The Trust also holds workshops to train school teachers and members of community-based organizations. It has long been involved with environmental education therapy for the physically and mentally challenged, the elderly, victims of substance abuse and battered women. We believe that in nature, one is uplifted and refreshed and that this bond can and does provide a valuable mental and spiritual boost and release for the handicapped and the ill, indeed for every one of us.

We also initiate and sustain advocacy, together with other NGOs, to promote linkages and the sustainable utilization of our natural assets.

Top three successes

We initiate and sustain advocacy, together with other NGOs, to promote linkages and the sustainable utilization of our natural assets. This has resulted in the accession to the CITIES convention (1984), the protection of our NATIONAL BIRD THE SCARLET IBIS (1986/87), a two year hunting moratorium (1986/87), the protection of the Port-of-Spain (Mucurapo) wetlands (1989/1990), resulting in the formation of the Council of Presidents of the Environment (COPE). The Government ratified the Convention of Biological Diversity (CDB) in 1996 another result of our persistent advocacy.

Top three challenges


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Address: c/o La Reine Townhouse, Flagstaff Hill, Long Circular Road, St. James, TrinidadT: 1 868 628 4145  E:

Contact: Molly Gaskin, Karilyn Shepherd


T: 1 868 678 3515 (cell Molly)

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