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CSO Groups Trained To Track Extractive Industry Impact On Communities

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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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Transparency and Accountability of T&T Extractive Sector Demands More Data

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Reshaping the Energy Sector Through Big Data On the final day of the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2020, a workshop was held on the role that data plays in fostering a more transparent, accountable and responsible extractive sector in Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop titled ‘Can we achieve more? Using Data to Drive Change,’ took place at the Hyatt…

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Civil Society Calls For Action On National Council For Sustainable Development

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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

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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)

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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)

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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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Civil society calls on the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to signal its commitment to good environmental governance by signing and ratifying the Escazú Agreement

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On Tuesday 23 July 2019, at the Lloyd Best Institute of the Caribbean, 30 civil society organisations working on environmental management across Trinidad and Tobago participated in the People Protecting our Planet: National civil society workshop on the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is also known…

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The 10th Cropper Foundation Writers’ Workshop marks 20 years of support for Caribbean Literature

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On Saturday 13th July, on the quiet north coast of Trinidad, the Cropper Foundation hosted the closing ceremony of the 10th residential workshop for Caribbean emerging writers. Twelve writers successfully completed the three-week Residency Programme, joining a literary community of over 180 alumni who have competed to take part in these workshops held so far in Grand Riviere, Toco and…

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