A Socio-Economic Survey of selected protected areas has begun.
According to the Planning Ministry, the targets for this survey are: private households living under non-institutionalized housing in the vicinity of the following six protected areas:
- Caroni Swamp
- Nariva Swamp and Coastal Zone
- Matura Forest and Coastal Zone
- Trinity Hills and Eastern Extension
- Main Ridge Forest Reserve
- North-East Tobago Marine Area
The survey will run from July to September 2019, and its main objective is to generate data to assess the economic contribution of T&T’s forest and wild products to household livelihoods and overall economic welfare.
The survey is also a component of the FAO-administered project “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago”.
The type of information to be collected include:
- How important are forest and wild products to rural communities?
- What types of forest and wild products are collected by the household in the community?
- How are forests and wild products used by different genders and age groups?
- How does income from forests and wild products contribute to household livelihoods?
- What are the quantities and values of medicinal plants collected for use and sale?