On Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th November 2018, the Adopt A River Programme Implementation Unit successfully staged their 2nd Annual River Conference, “Connecting the dots…From Ridge to Reef.”
The team at Adopt A River partnered with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Caribbean Network for Integrated Rural Development (CNIRD), for this year’s event.
200 persons were in attendance over the two days and had the opportunity to participate in panel discussions including, “The role of media in changing a culture of pollution,” “Tackling Marine Litter,” The business of single use packaging” and “Keeping T&T Clean.”
The moderated sessions featured panelists including Mr. Paul Richards – CEO Radio Vision Limited, Dr. Marissa Gowrie – Ministry of Planning and Development, Mr. Sanjay Jagrup – Caribbean Bottlers (T&T) Ltd., Dr. Judith Gobin – University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus among other distinguished guests. Also in attendance was the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs.
The Adopt A River Team released the trailer for what promises to be an exciting documentary, “Meet Me by the River,” and continued their innovation with the Citizens Science Water Quality App. The App has game changing potential as it has moved from a tool to replace a data collection form and now features an offline map, storage capacity for sampling points and location identification capability. In the coming year, the team is confident that new features will include News and Notifications and a launch in the Google App Store.
Senator the Honourable Robert Le Hunte – Minister of Public Utilities, brought the conference to a close with a brief address emphasizing the importance of the Adopt A River Programme as a water management tool and presented awards to Mr. Wayne Clement, Ms. Bernadette Nanlal, Caribbean Bottlers (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd., Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC) and the Santa Rosa First Peoples.
On Sunday 12th August, 2018 the Implementation unit teamed up with Brasso Seco/ Morne la Croix Police Youth Club to engage in a land stabilization exercise at five different landslip areas.
The Guppy takes its name from Robert John Lechmere Guppy, a conchologist, geologist and President of the Scientific Association of Trinidad. He was christened with several names, Robert John Lechmere Guppy but in his life he was simply referred to as Lechmere Guppy. Guppy is credited, as being the first person to discover and describe the wild Guppy, however he was in fact not the first as a Spaniard, De Filippi, found the fish on the island of Barbados in 1862, and assumed that it to be a new genus and species. (more…)
‘Cheer Fair’ is part of the Inter-American Development Bank’s ‘Unfollow’ campaign which was launched in 2017 with the slogan ‘Same never made a difference’.
It is hoped that the IDB would reach out to individuals to find out what they think about the future of their country through the campaign.
Adopt A River had a booth at the cheer fair with several activities including; presentations teaching the importance of water, water quality testing demonstrations and games like the river-run in which members of the public ran between a series of check-points recycling and answering questions to win prizes!
On Friday 22nd June the Adopt A River Implementation Unit distributed LaMotte testing kits, gifted by the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network, to community groups in the Arima Watershed. Following the successful Water Warriors Training held at the Arima Town Hall last February, three groups were given kits to perform water quality testing along the Arima River. Recipients included the Arima First Peoples, Asa Wright Nature Centre, and the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago. These community groups are committed to the improvement of their watershed and the testing kits will empower them to monitor the water quality within the watershed and add that data to the national database.
RIVERSPEAK is a spoken word competition open to Secondary School students ONLY. Submit your spoken word pieces by Friday 11th May 2018 and see if you can qualify for our finals carded for Tuesday 05th June 2018. Finalists will be required to perform their pieces at a live showcase. Click Here For More>>
In commemoration of World Water Day, 22nd March 2018, the Adopt A River Programme Implementation Unit engaged members of the media, in a Workshop geared towards mobilizing the media industry to promote good stewardship of the environment. Representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Radio Network, Gayelle the Channel and the CCN group were in attendance and proved very receptive to the information shared.
The workshop, which ran from 9am to 2pm, got underway with an opening address by Snr. Manager Water Resources, Mr. Keith Meade, followed by presentation from Sara-Jade Govia, Water Sector Specialist, Ministry of Public Utilities; Adopter A River Programme Outreach Officer Darion Fraser, Runako Osborne of the Green Fund and Dr. Azad Mohammed, University of the West Indies.
Participants were literally shocked into the reality of the negative impact of human activity on our water supply as well as the direct relationship between rivers and the water received in our homes. All participants have committed to continuing the dialogue and advancing the conversation of good stewardship of our water resource.