In Trinidad, the University of the West Indies is collaborating with non-profit conservation organisation the Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust to enhance the Trust’s environmental outreach programme:
The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust began the celebration of its 45th anniversary with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus on January 4.
The Trust’s work in aviculture, environmental education, and public awareness was recognised with the formal signing of a MOU with Pro-Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal of the St Augustine campus, Professor Clement Sankat.
In 1979, the Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust introduced Environmental Education into the School system in Trinidad, and later into Tobago.
In the 1980’s the need for hands-on, outdoor, out-of-classroom learning was recognised, and the Trust was utilised as a living laboratory. These programmes, linking fundamental aspects of human health and well-being to social and economic impacts problems and solutions, continue today, benefitting numerous young people, many of whom have become leaders in the field of environmental activism.
The Pointe-a-Pierre Wildfowl Trust is:
an independent, national, non-profit, environmental, non-government, volunteer, membership organization. It is a wildlife reserve, which encompasses two lakes and about 25 hectares of land within a major petrochemical and oil refining complex, (PETROTRIN). Unique to our Caribbean region, [it] successfully link[s] environment and development, offering a model of wise-use.