To stimulate pride, awareness and support, the Trust produces wildlife tee shirts, which are sold as a fund-raiser. We initiate and sustain advocacy, together with other NGOs, to promote linkages and the sustainable utilization of our natural assets. This has resulted in the accession to the CITIES convention (1984), the protection of our NATIONAL BIRD THE SCARLET IBIS (1986/87), a two year hunting moratorium (1986/87:2013/15), the protection of the Port-of-Spain (Mucurapo) wetlands (1989/1990), resulting in the formation of the Council of Presidents of the Environment (COPE). In 1993, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago acceded to the RAMSAR Convention, listing the NARIVA WETLANDS as a Site of International Importance, a direct result of our active advocacy since 1990. In November 1996, the Government removed the illegal rice farmers from the protected area of the Nariva Wetlands and began an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which for the first time offered an economic valuation of that natural asset together with a Social Impact Assessment Again, a direct result of our active advocacy. The Government ratified the Convention of Biological Diversity (CDB) in 1996 another result of our persistent advocacy.
Scarlet Ibis: Since 1991, the resident flock (8) of our National Bird, the Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) has bred successfully. Reports of their breeding have been recorded in Trinidad for 1996 in the Caroni Swamp. Since 1993, two pairs of our small (15) resident flock of Blue and Gold Macaws have bred successfully; this success continued in 1997. In January 1991, the first recorded live hatch of 2 Anhinga anhinga for Trinidad took place on the Trust's second lake. Regular live hatches continue to be recorded, with the successfully fledged birds now resident in the area.