Cropper Foundation

Nothern Range

Look north. Trinidad's Northern Range helps us get our bearings. If we can see the hills, we know where we are. What could be a more reliable landmark? But the Northern Range provides so much more than a sense of direction for all of us, whether we are fishermen in Toco or seasoning farmers in Paramin. For the thousands who brave highways, bus-routes and back roads to get to school, work and homes packed cheek-to-jowl from Port of Spain all the way up the Eastern Main Road. For those who live near the Desperadoes in the Laventille Hills and the paranderos in the Lopinot Valley. Even if you don't live in its shadow, the Northern Range also has benefits for the well-being of the nation.

In March 2003, The Cropper Foundation and The University of the West Indies, along with several partners, launched an assessment of the Northern Range to examine the benefits provided by the Range, the human and natural forces impacting the range, and the measures required to improve management of the ecosystem. This assessment was undertaken as part of a global effort known as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). Completed in 2005, the Northern Range Assessment report was published as the national State of Environment Report (SOER) for Trinidad and Tobago, and the Cropper Foundation has been taking measures to follow-up on various aspects of this assessment through its main programme areas.

List of Collaborators

Joint Sponsorship for the Northern Range Assessment was provided by:

  • The Cropper Foundation (UWI)
  • The University of the West Indies - St. Augustine Campus
  • The Trust for Sustainable Livelihoods
  • The Tropical Re-Leaf Foundation
  • The Environmental Management Authority of Trinidad and Tobago