Victory in Trinidad & Tobago

February 14, 2011

Dear friends,

ELAW partners in the Caribbean have won a major victory and prevented an environmental disaster.  We teamed up with local partners in Trinidad and Tobago to prevent construction of a port that would have wreaked havoc on wetlands and local fishing communities. 

Rajendra Ramlogan at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago wrote yesterday:

"We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for the assistance provided by Mark Chernaik [ELAW Staff Scientist] with respect to a proposed port in Trinidad that would have had a disastrous effect on our wetlands and fishing industry.  Mark provided a detailed technical statement that we were able to submit as part of the public comment period and which highlighted the deficiencies in the EIA.  Partly as a result of his efforts, the Environmental Management Authority has declined to grant a Certificate of Environmental Clearance to the developer.  Once again thanks from Trinidad and Tobago and we look forward further successes based on our continuing relationship."

This is a huge victory!  It stops Trinidad & Tobago's National Energy Company from building an industrial port facility in Claxton Bay that would have destroyed an extensive area of mangroves and imperiled the livelihoods of local fishing communities.

We are inspired by the work of our partners around the world.  Together we are building a sustainable future.

Thank you for your support!


Bern Johnson
Executive Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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