The Coastal Area Almanac—An Inventory of the Physical and Natural Resources of the West Coastal Area of Trinidad

by Diane Bertrand, Inst of Marine Affairs, Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago,
Lloyd Gerald, Inst of Marine Affairs, Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago,
Hayden Romano, Inst of Marine Affairs, Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Trinidad and Tobago, the most southerly of the Caribbean islands possess unique and fragile ecosystems. These islands with a combined area of 5128 km2 and population of 1.2 million are under increasing environmental stress due to the competition for the islands' scarce resouces. In 1981 the Institute of Marine Affairs initiated studies towards the preparation of a coastal zone plan for Trinidad and Tobago. These studies included a comprehensive inventory of the physical and natural resources of the West Coastal Area (WCA). The Coastal Area Almanac, the first phase of the coastal zone plan, is a dynamic and flexible database. Information was collected on a wide range of topics including geomorphology, climate, active processes, and others. These data provide the foundation from which the planners and decision makers can formulate plans and strategies for resource development

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Inventories | Natural resources | Islands | Resource management | Ecosystems | Databases | Data collection | Trinidad and Tobago | Caribbean

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