Dr. Shirley Thompson -Natural Resources Institute
204‑474‑7170  |  s_thompson@umanitoba.ca
Sustainable Tourism in Trinidad & Tobago - Course Outline (*.PDF)

Course Description

Trinidad's continental origin and proximity to South America, combined with its multiplicity of habitats, have resulted in an unusually diverse mixture of island and mainland flora and fauna that naturalists and nature lovers have long enjoyed. Trinidad's species lists are impressive: 108 mammals, 430 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, 620 butterflies and 2300 flowering plants, all on an area of 4,828 sq km (1864 miles). No other area in the West Indies, and very few areas in Tropical America can match this species diversity. Tobago's rain forest was selected as the Number one eco-tourist destination in 2003.

While the overall purpose of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for students to learn about Trinidad and Tobago's natural resources and environment, specific objectives of the Field Seminar include:

  • To explore sustainable tourism in the context of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • To consider community development in the post-colonial and sustainability era
  • To introduce the concept that people are an important element in the resource and environmental management process;
  • to promote initiative and creative thinking;
  • to enhance skills in working as part of a team;
  • to have fun!!!
  • to build group and personal bonds