The objective of this three-year (3) European Commission-funded project is to enhance the capacity of Trinidad and Tobago’s civil society for governance of environmental transparency and accountability in the country’s extractive industries. More-specifically, the project will: Enhance civil society’s capacity to independently verify extractive-industry-reported environmental data; to foster public-private-civil society collaboration, with defined roles and mechanisms; and to ensure high levels of extractive-industry environmental accountability and compliance (to standards, legislation, licensing conditions, and rehabilitation requirements); and Enhance civil society’s partnership with Government agencies and extractive companies to ensure that related policy, procedure and legislation evolve with extractive-sector trends to environmental best practice.

Project Brief

The Action ‘Enhancing Civil Society Capacity for Governance of Environmental Transparency and Accountability in Trinidad and Tobago’s Extractive Industries’ is funded by the European Union. The contents of this webpage are the sole responsibility of the project implementers and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

Key Activities

Civil Society Governance – Capacity Building

Growing public awareness about the environmental impact of extractive industrial activity and the private extraction of value from publicly-owned natural resources has triggered a surge of interest among individuals and organizations concerned about both. The emergence of civil society as an advocate of the public interest has altered the old government-corporation power equation to make room for the voice of the people as a third and vital force in a more democratic decision-making process in the extraction of Trinidad and Tobago’s natural resources.

Following a request for proposals, the Lloyd Best Institute of the Caribbean’s proposal was accepted and LBIC was awarded the training consultancy titled “Civil Society Governance” with the following mandate:
(a) To enhance governance mechanisms and structures within: the five civil society organizations that are identified as project co-applicants; and in at least (or a minimum of) seven (7) civil society organizations that are identified by the Project Steering Committee as fenceline to extractive-industry activity; and
(b) To enhance governance-related material capacities within: the five civil society organizations that are project co-applicants, and in at least seven civil society organizations that are identified by the Project Steering Committee as
fenceline to extractive-industry activity.

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Programme

Natural Resource Governance

Theme

Natural Capital, Data for Development, Civil Society Leadership