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The Cropper Foundation Creates First-Ever Civil Society Data Lab Tackling Sustainability Challenges in the Caribbean

The Cropper Foundation and TTLAB have launched the Data for Development Lab (D4D Lab), a  ‘Think and Do’ Lab that seeks, among other priorities, to support the increased use of data and technology by civil society within the Caribbean. When it comes to data-driven decision making and technology uptake for sustainable development, the Caribbean does not have a great track…

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CSO Groups Trained To Track Extractive Industry Impact On Communities

Environmental Groups Pay Visit to EMA and National Quarries for Extractive Industry Oversight Training. A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are now better equipped to interface with state agencies and extractive operators as a result of two recent field visits to the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and National Quarries Company Limited. On March 9, 2020, the group of CSO…

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Civil Society Calls For Action On National Council For Sustainable Development

Civil Society calls on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to update timeline for establishing the National Council for Sustainable Development following expiration of stipulated deadline On Monday 18th November 2019, twenty-six civil society organisations working on environmentally-sustainable national development across Trinidad and Tobago, delivered via email, an open letter to the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, former Minister of Planning and…

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Bridging divides: Working together is the only path forward

For over twenty-nine years, a single twenty-five feet long bridge across the Windbelt Lagoon served as the only way in or out for twenty-five households in Genda Road, Fishing Pond. Over the years, Sea blast and salt-water inundation of the Lagoon degraded the steel structures and subsequent wood planking. The residents’ fears were realised when, in late 2018, the degrading…

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Keeping the light of transparency shining: Maintaining accountability in the extractive sector (Newspaper article)

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, last week, signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding on the Implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and commemorated the launch of the Sixth National Report of the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TTEITI). The EITI process is a voluntary one, established internationally as best practice to improve transparency and accountability…

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Catalysing Communities: participation of civil society groups critical to achieving sustainable development (newspaper column)

ON September 6, an open letter which was signed by 60 civil society organisations was hand-delivered to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), urging the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to sign and ratify the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (also known as the Escazú…

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