University of Waterloo MDP training exercise at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
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 (https://sta.uwi.edu/eng/ei/ ) of the University of West Indies at St. Augustine. It was co-hosted by Caribbean WaterNet (http://www.cap-net.org/partners/caribbean-waternet/ ) and the UNDP-supported organization Cap-Net (www.cap-net.org). 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 (http://www.cap-net.org/training-materials/). 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 (http://www.biodiversity.gov.tt/home/protected-areas-and-species/ramsar-sites/caroni-swamp.html ), where they enjoyed an ecotour which included the dramatic roosting of the Scarlet Ibis (see http://10000birds.com/the-caroni-swamp-scarlet-ibis-show.htm ). 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.