OBJECTIVES OF THE SURVEY

To generate information necessary to assess the economic contribution of forest and wild products to household livelihoods and economic welfare.

 

SAMPLE DESIGN AND SELECTION

The survey targets six (6) Protected Areas in Trinidad and Tobago and will cover urban, sub-urban and rural communities.

Your household may be randomly selected as one of the 1,400 households spread across the length and breadth of the country from which information will be gathered.

If your household falls within the sample, an experienced field interviewer will visit your address and administer the survey.

 

SURVEY INSTRUMENT

A questionnaire will be used to capture your household’s information.  The questions will capture information on a prior twelve (12) month period.

 

TYPE OF INFORMATION TO BE COLLECTED

  • How important are forest and wild products to rural communities?
  • What types of forest and wild products are collected by household in the community?
  • How are forests and wild products used by different genders and age groups?
  • How does income from forests and wild products contribute to household livelihoods?
  • What are the quantities and values of medicinal plants collected for use and sale?

 

DURATION OF SURVEY

Conduct of the Socio-Economic Survey will take place over a period of six (6) weeks from mid-August to the end of September 2019.

 

CIVIC DUTY

The success of the survey and the quality of the resulting data is largely dependent on the cooperation of citizens who fall within the survey sample.

Citizens are urged to try their best to recall their activities over the last twelve (12) months, so that the correct information can be provided if their household is indeed selected.

The Central Statistical Office respectfully requests your cooperation, time and patience as we try to obtain crucial data which can be used to improve our country’s socioeconomic policies and the nation’s future.

 

SOCIO-ECONOMIC SURVEY OF SELECTED PROTECTED AREAS IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Forests play an important role in the livelihood of rural households.  Those living in extreme poverty often rely on the forest for their livelihood.  Products from natural forests, woodlands, wetlands, swamps, rivers and coastal areas can be major sources of energy, food, construction materials and medicines for personal use and sale for rural households.

This Socio-Economic Survey of Selected Protected Areas in Trinidad and Tobago is a component of the FAO-administered project “Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago”.

The survey shall be conducted to study the multiple impacts of Protected Areas (PAs) on the welfare and livelihood of neighbouring households.  The target population comprises members of private households living under non-institutionalized housing arrangements in the vicinity of the following six Protected Areas of Trinidad and Tobago:

  1. Caroni Swamp
  2. Nariva Swamp and Coastal Zone
  3. Matura Forest and Coastal Zone
  4. Trinity Hills and Eastern Extension
  5. Main Ridge Forest Reserve
  6. North-East Tobago Marine Area (Pilot)

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat world hunger.  Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

 

The Central Statistical Office (CSO) is a division of the Ministry of Planning and Development charged with the responsibility of conducting censuses and surveys in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  Its core function includes the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical information relating to all social and economic activities of the citizenry of Trinidad and Tobago.

 

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in research, knowledge creation and innovation on matters related to the Caribbean and Small Island States.

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