Trinidad and Tobago



Trinidad and Tobago are the two main islands of an archipelagic state situated at the southern end of the chain of Caribbean islands known as the Windward Islands. Being an island state Trinidad and Tobago has an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) comprising roughly 75,000 km2, approximately 15 times the land area. Because of its recent separation from the South American mainland, the biota and terrestrial habitats of Trinidad reflect the ecology of equatorial South America unlike the other Windward Islands, which have ecosystems dominated by island endemic species. The vast range of terrestrial ecosystems includes evergreen seasonal, littoral woodlands, montane rainforests, swamp forests, marshes and savannahs. These support rich species diversity including approximately 420 species of birds and 85 reptiles. In the marine areas, ecosystems include mud bottoms, coral reefs, sandy bottoms and rocky shores. These support a range of macro and micro biota, such as an estimated 36 species of reef building corals. Endangered species include the manatee, the golden tree frog, the crab-eating raccoon and the blue and yellow macaw.

Contact Person(s):

Mr. Assim Dilbar

Plant Pathologist

Ministry of Food Production

Research Division Central Experiment Station CENTENO Trinidad and Tobago

Tel: 646-1645 Fax: 646-1646


Invasive Alien Species List:


Materials and Resources:

MTIASIC Profile: TnT Profile

MTIASIC Project Poster: MTIASIC Project Poster

MTIASIC Project Brochure: MTIASIC Project Brochure

Narive Pilot Poster: Nariva Pilot Poster

Frosty Pod Poster: Frosty Pod Poster

Frosty Pod Brochure: Frosty Pod Brochure

Frosty Pod Rot Survey Poster: Frosty Pod Rot Survey Poster

Draft Caribbean IAS Strategy: Draft Caribbean IAS Strategy

Counting the Costs of IAS: Counting the Costs of IAS

Work being done in Trinidad and Tobago:

National Invasive Alien Species Strategy for Trinidad and Tobago

This Strategy is primarily targeted at government agencies as well as private stakeholders. It aims to engage not only nature conservation agencies but also all sectoral agencies with responsibility for activities relevant to IAS prevention or management. The strategy also recognizes the range of stakeholders involved in the movement and use of alien species (industry and trade, transporters, retailers, […]

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MTIASIC Conference 2014 – Videos

Video 1 – Adam Daigneault and Pike Brown , 2014. Invasive Species Management in the Pacific using Survey Data and  Cost-Benefit Analysis … applications for the Caribbean”. This presentation summarizes the key findings of case studies conducted in the pacific island state of Fiji on the cost-benefit analysis of managing 5 different invasive species or […]

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