University of Waterloo MDP training exercise at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

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During 14-19 February 2016, University of Waterloo MDP students travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in a training program on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation for Sustainable Water Management. This certificate training exercise was hosted by the Engineering Institute ( ) of the University of West Indies at St. Augustine. It was co-hosted by Caribbean WaterNet ( ) and the UNDP-supported organization Cap-Net ( The training was facilitated by Dr. Larry Swatuk of the University of Waterloo and was based on the training manual he developed under the auspices of Cap-Net. In addition to the MDP students, there were participants from Trinidadian government departments and civil society organizations. The training manual and related materials are available free of charge from the Cap-Net website ( As part of the training, participants undertook a field trip to Guanapo community and travelled to the Caroni Swamp, which is designated as a Ramsar site ( ), where they enjoyed an ecotour which included the dramatic roosting of the Scarlet Ibis (see ). Of course, it was not all work and no play, so the group managed to squeeze in a visit to one of Trinidads famous beaches and do some sightseeing along the way.

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