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IMA > Articles posted by Lorraine Barrow

Piloting a Blue Carbon Credit System in Trinidad and Tobago: Opportunity for Financing Mangrove Conservation

by Dr. Rahanna Juman - Deputy Director of Research and Wetlands Ecologist The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) collaborates with the Inter-American Development Bank to pilot a Blue Carbon Credit System in Trinidad and Tobago.  This project aims to design a high-quality blue carbon credit scheme to improve the digital mapping, monitoring, reporting, and verification of ecosystem services, promote management and ownership of natural capital, and create a practical opportunity for livelihood enhancements and revenue generation. Marine ecosystems, particularly tidal marshes, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests, absorb (sequester) and store carbon within biomass and soils.  Commonly referred to as “blue carbon” ecosystems because of their relevance to...

Ceremonial Signing – First of its kind with the new blue carbon credit scheme for Trinidad and Tobago

BY KRYSTAL GANASELAL Port of Spain – Trinidad and Tobago boldly steps towards establishing a blue carbon market. The country will leverage the value of carbon stored in its marine assets to finance conservation and restoration efforts and generate revenue for developing economies and blue economy endeavours. This, as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago collaborates with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to pilot a Blue Carbon Credit Scheme for the twin-island Republic. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the initiative at the Yara Auditorium of the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business on...

IMA Presents 45th Commemorative Anthology Publication to the UWI Alma Jordan Library

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) presented fifteen (15) copies of its most recent publication titled, ‘Turning the Tide – Fostering Conservation and Sustainable Development: A 45th Anniversary Commemorative Anthology 1992-2023’ to The Alma Jordan Library at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus on September 26, 2023. Unveiled at a book launch on May 26, 2023, to mark the 45th corporate anniversary of the IMA at a Long Service Awards, the publication was edited by then Director (Ag.) Dr. Rahanna Juman and library staff and sponsored by Republic Bank. Exploring the challenges and issues that impact our oceans, coasts and marine resources,...

VR Headset enables an Immersive Experience

Using Emerging Technologies to #BeatPlasticPollution Campaign

Author: Ms. Lorraine Barrow; Top photo: Wow Factor – VR Headset enables an Immersive Experience; Photograph Credit: Alicia Kwok. The idyllic vacation package often brings to mind a stretch of a pristine, sandy beach set against crystal-clear water, framed with the sun’s rays piercing through the fronds of swaying palm trees.  Perhaps a boat on the horizon can be added to the imagination. This is an ideal setting for that perfect beach vacation! However, this is hardly the reality.  Beaches and coastal areas, once trash-free and unspoilt, have given way to carelessly discarded pieces of rubbish with tides of marine plastic debris washing up onto...

Marine Resilience Initiative - Tobago

The Marine Resilience Initiative (MARIN) Tobago Project Launch

The Marine Resilience Initiative (MARIN) Tobago Project will be launched at the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), in partnership with bp Trinidad and Tobago. It is an 18-month pilot which seeks to determine the appropriate and feasible rehabilitation strategies for both the coral reef as well as the seagrass beds that surround Tobago. The coral reef and seagrass beds that are part of Tobago’s marine ecosystem have suffered degradation over decades by a combination of climate change and human impacts. One of the most notable impacts was the loss of up to 50 per cent of hard coral cover...

Rip Currents! We must Exercise Caution on our Beaches!

By Christopher Alexis, Researcher, Oceanography & Coastal Processes Department Trinidad and Tobago’s beaches have been re-opened after a lengthy closure because of the COVID -19 pandemic. Our citizens may once again enjoy the coastal waters that surround our twin island republic. Notwithstanding our love for the sea, the Institute of Marine Affairs strongly advises that the public exercise caution on the nation’s beaches, particularly over this Easter weekend, as our heightened excitement may reduce our awareness of the coastal environment. During the year from an oceanographic perspective, there are the summer (May to October) and the winter (November to April) periods. The summer months have characteristically...

Groundwater - out of Sight but not out of Mind

Groundwater: out of Sight but not out of Mind

By Aleisha Dennie, Institute of Marine Affairs If compelled to, what aspect of our lifestyle do you think we can sustain without the input of water? The answer should be clear. Water in its liquid form fuels the lives of humans, animals, and ecosystems at large. Though much of the world’s freshwater is locked within ice caps, a great portion is available to us in the form of groundwater. Groundwater is said to represent 98% of the world’s accessible freshwater (Farrell 2007). With human demands for freshwater reaching an all-time high in recent years, it is no surprise that utilisation of groundwater has become essential...

Making believers out of sceptics: Wetland’s Hidden Treasures

by Attish Kanhai “What about the area in front of Five Islands Amusement park?” was the suggestion from a colleague as we planned our activities for World Wetlands month (February 2022). “I don’t know, is there nice?” came my sceptical reply. “Well there’s a lot of birds and the place is quite scenic,” was the subtle retort. I remained unconvinced and with some trepidation, I prepared for a site visit. Granted it was five minutes away from the office and I am not much of a bird watcher, “How bad could it be?” I thought to myself. To my knowledge, much of the coastline in the western peninsula...

Recovering Marine Wildlife for our Sustainable Development

by Sheldon Ramoutar On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the 3, March World Wildlife Day to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.  The theme for 2022 "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration" was announced by the Secretariat for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  CITES is one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of international trade, which was signed in 1973.  It comprises 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union). The 2022 theme is geared towards highlighting and promoting the best practices for...