Nariva Swamp

Community Conservation initiated discussion of a community co-managed park to protect the Nariva Swamp, Trinidad. The Nariva Swamp is the last remaining freshwater wetland of its kind in the Caribbean and was designated a Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention in 1992.

In 1997, Bjørn Sletto, a graduate student in Geography from the University of Kansas, conducted a village land use study in the area. Community Conservation Director Dr. Rob Horwich accompanied and assisted Sletto during the study.

While in Trinidad, Sletto and Horwich met with government agents and university members and Horwich lectured on community conservation in Belize and ways in which the same concepts could be applied in Trinidad. In meetings that followed, the idea of a community co-managed National Park was favorably discussed. Currently the project is on hold while we seek additional information and support.

Read Bjørn Sletto's article about Trinidad, Research for the People

The International Development Research Centre of Canada and the CARICOM Fisheries Resource Assessment and Management Program in Belize are carrying out an ecotourism project at the Nariva Swamp.