Marine Environment Education Programme in Trinidad & Tobago (MEEPTT)
Marine Environment Education Programme in Trinidad & Tobago (MEEPTT)
The Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD) is a regional non-governmental organization, founded in 1988, whose mission focuses on the promotion of sustainable development in the region through the involvement of communities and the utilization of relevant technology to improve the quality of life, whilst maintaining the tradition and culture of Caribbean people. The CNIRD is the official coordinating body for the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), which is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy – a U.S. marine conservation and advocacy organisation, and for more than a decade the CNIRD has championed events and outreach activities aimed at dealing with marine debris and data collection.
In 2007, the problem of marine debris was recognized by the UN General Assembly as a matter of global concern, and a call for action was announced at the international, regional and national levels (UNEP 2014). This is due to continual human activity, which is a critical factor in the increasing amount of debris found in the marine environment. Statistics for T&T revealed that over 25,000 pounds of garbage was collected in 2016 alone. This is disturbing for a small country of approximately 1.3 million citizens. Unless we act now, our seas will be filled with the leftovers of human consumption. More so, vital economic sectors in T&T such as tourism, fisheries and transportation are dependent on the sustainable use and conservation of our marine resources.
CNIRD’s Marine Environment Education Programme (MEEPTT) seeks to prioritize the stewardship of our unique marine environment by using multiple entry points, working at the systemic, institutional and individual capacity levels to generate motivations for behavioural change within T&T’s general populace. The primary beneficiaries targeted in the proposed project are students and children. The CNIRD recognises that by instilling an environmental ethic in our youth, we help ensure the future welfare of our oceans that can last a lifetime.
MEEPTT’s main goal focuses on the reduction of marine debris pollution in T&T. In attainment of this goal, the projects’s overarching objectives sets out to increase the education and awareness of the consequences of human activities in relation to waste production and management of marine ecosystems, to facilitate dialogue and promote behavioral change among different stakeholders, and to involve the populace in activities towards instilling a more responsible attitude concerning marine conservation. In so doing, the CNIRD aims to transform standards, practices and policies within T&T to reduce marine debris pollution across our beaches, coastlines and waterways.
The primary activities of the MEEPTT projects are to:
• Conduct educational awareness presentations and activities in schools;
• Production of a 30 second video advertisement using a local national icon and dissemination of this ad across several advertising mediums;
• Execution of an initial stakeholder consultation, in collaboration with the UNDP and other key stakeholders across T&T; and
• Execution of one beach clean-up per month with school children, across targeted beaches in T&T.
The total cost to implement the MEEPTT project stands at $670,521.11 TTD of which $328,792.00 is being requested from the Small Grants Programme.

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Project Snapshot

Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development
Trinidad and tobago
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,499.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 29,384.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 21,064.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Ms. Marissa Mohamed


#5 Tunapuna Road
Tunapuna ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Sharda Mahabir


c/o UNDP, United Nations House, 3A Chancery Lane