Trinidad and Tobago’s Forestry Divison is seeking to involve citizens in biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management by offering incentives for forest conservation on private lands.
The Forestry Incentive Programme assists in reversing the cycle of de-forestation and land degradation on private lands by encouraging the use of reforestation and conservation methods and promoting private forestry. As part of a nationwide effort to preserve and increase forest reserves in Trinidad and Tobago, individuals and businesses are granted rebates for fire tracing, machinery and equipment used in reforestation projects.
You must be a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and own at least one hectare of land to qualify for the incentive programme.
To be eligible to submit a claim, trees must be planted within two years after registering for the incentive programme. It takes from two to four months to process an incentive claim after the trees are planted. Site visits will be conducted by a representative from the Forestry Division to verify that the claim is valid and that the trees have been planted.
For more information visit the Forestry Incentive Programme webpage.
[Photo: Taran Rampersad.]