North-East Tobago has been declared a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere designation. Biosphere reserves promote ecological and biodiversity projects. The area is now the largest UNESCO site in the English-speaking Caribbean, spanning 15 communities from Belle Garden in the east towards Moriah in the northern part of the island.
Government rep Kwesi Des Vignes Secretary said there were many opportunities to be derived and this is another milestone for Tobago and the nation as a whole. “T&T is a small nation with a fierce spirit. North-East Tobago has always been the pearl of our paradise. It is, therefore, no surprise that the area is worthy enough to attract the attention of the world,” Des Vignes said.
“This award presents immense opportunities for business, culture and the arts and education, but more importantly, it will allow us to benefit from approaches that can better conserve and sustain the environment and experiences we gain from interacting with it.”
Des Vignes said the award could not have come at a better time for Trinidad and Tobago due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the island’s tourism product. The programme covers tourism, fisheries, agriculture, cultural heritage activities, research and education.