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Mangrove Forest: Leading the fight against climate change

Mangrove Forest leading the fight against climate change! The frequency of disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years; and 90% of these disasters are water related. More and more, climate change is driving weather-related hazards such as flooding and hurricanes.  This pattern is already having a significant impact on countries in the Caribbean; and it’s unlikely to get any better. The most we can do is to develop strategies to manage the impacts of climate change and reduce carbon emissions and this is where mangrove forests come into their own importance.  Our mangrove forests play a role in mitigating, and adapting to...

Book Launch: Mangrove Forests of Trinidad and Tobago

Book Launch: Mangrove Forests of Trinidad and Tobago According to a new publication launched by the Institute of Marine Affairs to mark World Wetlands Day, mangroves provide immense benefits to humanity by supporting the livelihoods of coastal populations, protecting the nurseries of many fish species and enabling the rich biodiversity that needs to be conserved.  Hosted by the Institute of Marine Affairs, the virtual book launch drew over one hundred online participants. Unveiled at a virtual book launch on February 2nd 2021 to commemorate World Wetlands Day, the title of this recent publication, ‘The Mangrove Forests of Trinidad and Tobago’, describes the various types of mangrove...

Blue Economy Innovation Challenge Launch

CALL FOR INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES IN THE BLUE ECONOMY Blue Economy Innovation Challenge for private firms and established start-ups AWARDS: up to US$160,000 in technical assistance grants [mkd_button size="" type="" text="Register Here" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqc-6hrz0iHtf-q8VCl-4nuuZxtF0hIeEh?fbclid=IwAR35Bw1nfDpIbv_TpX-kvZJ-Xt23_edTO6R-SvzoeWCAjiUZsGop30Mr_fU" target="_blank" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin=""]    What? Technical assistance provided to Blue Economy Startups and Firms for the implementation of innovative, scalable business models in the Blue Economy. Eligible expenses funded through non-reimbursable grants by CCPF include but are not limited to: Consulting fees: marketing, legal services, IT services, testing, specialized expertise, process reengineering, training and capacity building, product development, supply chain improvement, waste management, etc. Publication/reproduction of documents and...

Assessing Coral Reef Resilience in Tobago

"Assessing Coral Reef Resilience in Tobago" Presented By: Dr. Anjanji Ganase [caption id="attachment_18692" align="alignright" width="414"] Coral Reef Ecologist, Biodiversity & Ecology Research Programme, Institute of Marine Affairs[/caption] Coral reefs of Tobago serve crucial ecosystem services that sustain our way of life. Our coral reefs are rich in biodiversity and support our fisheries and tourism industries, as well as protect our coastline. Unfortunately, reefs have degraded significantly over the last fifty years as a result of disease, pollution, unregulated fishing, and coral bleaching. The Institute of Marine Affairs has been monitoring Tobago’s coral reef health for the last ten years, since the 2010 bleaching event and evidence has shown...

Mariculture in the Blue Economy: An ocean’s worth of potential for T&T

"Mariculture in the Blue Economy: An ocean’s worth of potential for T&T" Presented By: Daniel Robinson [caption id="attachment_18629" align="alignright" width="300"] Daniel Robinson Research Officer- Aquaculture Institute of Marine Affairs[/caption]   As Trinidad and Tobago aims to diversify its economy, reduce its food import bill and provide livelihoods, the transition to the Blue Economy will play a significant role in achieving this. Alongside its existing Blue Economy industries, emerging industries are key to this transition. A notable emerging Blue Economy industry is coast and ocean based Mariculture. The Caribbean has a favourable climate for mariculture; however, growth in this sector has been slow. To promote the growth of mariculture in...

Beyond the Blue, a Marine Environmental Exhibition

Have you ever dived underwater to look at the natural beauty that are coral reefs? Well look no further!     The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is proud to present ‘Beyond the Blue’, a Marine Environmental Exhibition that takes place from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th of September 2019 at NALIS, in Port of Spain.  Designed to raise awareness on the vital importance of our marine ecosystems and environment, the Exhibition aims to engage, inspire and influence visitors to step up and heed the call to action to protect and save our marine environment.   Learn about the marine environment through interactive exhibits that create an underwater/immersive experience; ...

The EMA’s Role, Function and Activities towards the Science-based Management of T&T’s Oceans and Coasts

The EMA’s Role, Function and Activities towards the Science-based Management of T&T’s Oceans and Coasts Themed "Science and Innovation for Marine Conservation", the Public Lecture Series is particularly aimed at engaging the public on current issues affecting our marine environment and the necessary actions that all sectors of our society must adopt to ensure conservation of our marine environment. Presenter:  Mr. Hayden Romano, Managing Director, Environmental Management Authority Mr. Hayden Romano is the Managing Director of the EMA.  He has extensive experience in the environmental, manufacturing and construction sectors throughout the Caribbean Region, a career spanning over thirty years. An Engineering Geologist by training, Mr. Romano commenced his...

Oceans and Climate Change – What does it mean for Small Island States?

Event: Oceans and Climate Change – What does it mean for Small Island States? "Oceans serve an important function in regulating the global climate system. From heat absorption and circulation, to exchanging heat with the atmosphere. Oceans also provide a reservoir for carbon dioxide, the primary gas of the greenhouse gases which are the attributable causes of human-induced climate change. The ocean contains 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere and is exchanging large amounts of CO2 with the atmosphere every year. Additionally, through photosynthesis, biological uptake accounts for the sequestering of carbon in the deep ocean. However, with increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in...