Name of organisation
Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust
Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd. GEF/UNDP/SGP; foreign embassies; the private sector, charitable trusts; Commonwealth Secretariat membership
Number of staff
Number of visitors per year
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 with facilities and special programmes for the differently-abled;
Promoting environmental education for schools to develop proper resource-use, conscious citizens.
Management, breeding, and translocation of endangered wetland species;
Lobbying and influencing wetland policies and practices.
Description of the centre
The Pointe-a Pierre Wildfowl Trust, now in its 54th year is an independent, national, not for profit, environmental, non-government, volunteer, membership organization, and encompasses 2 lakes and about 30 hectares of land within a major petrochemical and oil refining complex.
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. 3000) 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 Museum of our First Peoples.
Main CEPA work area
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. Designed the first Sea Turtle Recovery Plan for T&T (1983),his has resulted in the accession to the CITIES convention (1984), introduced environmental education and information on Climate Change into school and community programmes (1985), 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). Successfully lobbied the Government of T&T accede to the RAMSAR Convention (1993), The Trust President, Molly R. Gaskin presented a paper “Wetland Reserves & Public Awareness” at the 5th RAMSAR COP in Kushiro, Japan (1993). The first time a West Indian National, an NGO representative and a woman was invited to do so. The Government ratified the Convention of Biological Diversity (CDB) in 1996 another result of our persistent advocacy. A first for our region a Boardwalk for the differently-abled was built at the PAPWFT (2001). Restoration and Recommissioning of the Boardwalk (2018). The opening of the Trust’s Nature Retreat- Petrea Place, a full service guesthouse providing facilities for retreats, seminars and corporate workshops in peaceful relaxing surroundings (2004). In (2006) The PaPWFT is honoured by the International Hilton Chain in Trinidad, in recognition of its contribution to the Environment and Conservation in Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust continues its work in environment, 2006- to date.
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with differently-abled; 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.
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