United Nations Development Programme

  Trinidad and Tobago


 

Energy & Environment

 

North Coast, Trinidad. Photo: Willard Phillips

Energy and environment are essential for sustainable development. The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable energy services. These issues are also global as climate change, loss of biodiversity and ozone layer depletion cannot be addressed by countries acting alone. UNDP helps countries strengthen their capacity to address these challenges at global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects that help poor people build sustainable livelihoods (UNDP).

Economic development in Port of Spain. Photo: Wikipedia

 

UNDP’s portfolio included upstream policy projects funded by the GEF on Persistent Organic Pollutants, phase out of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), land management, and formulation of national environmental policies. Challenges of low levels of implementation in GEF projects affecting the country’s commitment to global conventions have been reviewed and discussed at length with the new administration and will be prominently addressed in the implementation of new projects.


Sharing the government’s view that “the energy sector, while vital to T&T’s sustenance now, cannot be viewed as the basis of our sustainability”, UNDP will contribute to the country’s efforts to manage the transition towards a more diversified economy. UNDP aims to support tourism development particularly on the island of Tobago and on a national level through the GEF/Small Grants Programme.

 

In response to the challenge posed by the environmental standards set in MDG 7, UNDP will support the government in reducing the country’s environmental vulnerabilities through embarking upon a concerted effort of reducing carbon emissions by developing a strategy and its implementation, systematic phasing out of ODS, and by assisting in the development of policy frameworks for sustainable land management and renewable energy alternatives.

 

Coral reef eco-tourism in Speyside, Tobago. Photo: GEF-SGP T&T

The UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme has produced important achievements to deepening linkages with grass roots civil society organizations to advocate and address critical environmental issues and has supported the formulation and implementation of policies and plans for the protection of endangered species (preservation of the leatherback turtle), establishment of marine parks, organic farming, and exploration of renewable energy sources.

 

UNDP’s energy and environment portfolio in Trinidad and Tobago is concentrated in the following areas:

UNDP Project Title:  Certificate of Environmental Clearance Process (Training Programme)

UNDP Project number: 00051033

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

 

Service Line: 3.5: Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

Date: July 12, 2007

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Council of Presidents of the Environment (COPE)

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 -

UNDP

 -

Third-Party

 79,365

Budget:

 79,365

Expenditure to date:

 12,025

Brief Description:

The objective of the training course is to develop a greater capability in the COPE membership to make informed inputs into the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) process as well as to comment meaningfully on other environmental issues.

Key activities include (1) a training course for participants from COPE member NGOs/CBOs in the review and feedback process on EIAs and to develop the necessary skills in use of environmental measurement indices; (2) equipping the COPE secretariat to manage the above training course; (3) procurement of the additional equipment required by COPE to deliver the training course; and (5) establishment of an appropriate facility to house COPE operations. 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Renewable Energy Technologies in Trinidad and Tobago - Pilot Project

UNDP Project number: 00047198

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

 

Service Line: 3.3: Access to sustainable energy services

Date:  2007 

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 23,084

UNDP

 -

Third-Party

 33,889

Budget:

 56,973

Expenditure to date:

 51,830

Brief Description:

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries has articulated a vision on the introduction of renewable energy sources to supplement existing hydrocarbon-based sources of energy in the promotion of sustainable development.

UNDP has successfully implemented a pilot project on renewal energy with five host homes i.e. the substitution of electric water heaters in member host-home facilities with solar water heater systems.   Opportunities for upscaling this project are currently being explored with the Ministries of Energy and Energy Industries and Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs.  

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Second National Communication to the UNFCCC

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

 00036383

Service Line: 3.6: National/Sectoral policy and planning to control ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants

Dates: January 2007 – December 2009

Status: Start-up Phase

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Environmental Management Authority

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

 $US 405,000

Brief Description:

This project supports national assessment  activities for Trinidad and Tobago’s preparation of the second national  communication report to the UNFCCC. 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Creation of Rainwater Harvesting Model

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

00050217

Service Line: 3.2:  Effective Water Governance

Dates: January 2007 – December, 2007

Status: Ongoing

 

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Caribbean Council for Science and Technology - NIHERST

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

 $US 30,000

Expenditure to date:

 $US 27,000

Brief Description:

This projects aims to implement a Rainwater Harvesting model for addressing the problem of water scarcity in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title:  Disaster Risk Reduction in the Most Vulnerable Communities

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

00054000

Service Line:  3.4:  Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation

Dates: October, 2006 – October, 2007

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Ministry of National Security (ODPM, NEMA)

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

$US 26.000

Expenditure to date:

$US 7,000

Brief Description:

The objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive public education tool which will be used to foster public understanding and awareness on disaster risks.  

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Clean, Green, Safe and Serene Development

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

00053412

Service Line:  3.4:  Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation

Dates: October, 2006 – October, 2007

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Tobago House of Assembly (THA)

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

$US 30,000

Expenditure to date:

$US 200

Brief Description:

The objective of this project is to provide policy advisory support to the THA in elaborating a framework for the implementing of its Comprehensive Economic Development  Plan (CEDP). 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Terminal Phase Out Management Plan for CFC’s in Trinidad and Tobago – Phase II

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area:   Energy and Environment

00038478 

Service Line: 3.6: National/Sectoral policy and planning to control ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants

Dates: July 2006 – December 2007

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Environmental Management Authority

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

 $US 240,000

Expenditure to date:

  $US 9,000

Brief Description: 

The project aims to facilitate the phase out of use of ozone depleting substances in Trinidad and Tobago through commercial retrofitting of the commercial refrigeration and mobile automotive sectors.

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact: Rosemary Lall




UNDP Project Title: Sustainable Land Management Project

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

 00049943

Service Line:  3.4:  Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification and Land Degradation

Dates: June 2006 – September 2006

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

$US 25.000

Expenditure to date:

$US 16,000

Brief Description:

The goal of this project is to contribute to maintaining and improving eco-system stability, integrity, functions and services while enhancing sustainable livelihoods.

This project document was signed in the latter half of  2009 and implementation will commence in 2010. 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Institutional Strengthening- Montreal Protocol

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

00048083 

Service Line: National/ Sectoral policy and planning to control ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants.

Dates: 2005-2006

Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Environmental Management Authority

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

$US 60,000

Expenditure to date:

$US 28,671.41

Brief Description:

The project aims to strengthen the institutional framework for the phase out of ozone depleting substances in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact: Rosemary Lall

 

UNDP Project Title: Climate Change

UNDP Project number:

Focus Area: Energy and Environment

  00014980

Service Line:   3.6: National/Sectoral policy and planning to control ozone-depleting substances and persistent organic pollutants

Dates: July 2001 – September, 2001

Status: Ongoing – nearing completion

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner: Environmental Management Authority

Financial Information

Source of Funds:

Government

 

UNDP

 

Third-Party

 

Budget:

$US 318,870

Expenditure to date:

$US 292,213

Brief Description:

The project involves the conduct of a self-assessment and stocktaking consultations to build upon existing knowledge gaps in the management of green house gas emissions nationally. 

Project Document (Click Here)

Contact:  Rosemary Lall

 

Contact:

Ms Rosemary Lall

Programme Officer

Email: rosemary.lall@undp.org