GCCA+ in the news: Turtle conservation and solar power in Trinidad and Tobago

After three decades of utilizing generators, Nature Seekers, Matura Sea Turtle Nesting Site will for the first time have reliable source of power to conduct much-needed activities at the facility. This follows the installation of a small-scale roof-mounted solar (PV) system under a solar power initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+).

The installation will assist the Nature Seekers facility at their beach facility where they monitor and tag endangered leatherback turtles that return annually to nest along the shores of Trinidad and Tobago.

“Let there be light in Madura”, says Penny Beckles from Nature Seekers in a post “It comes at a time when we hope to improve access to turtle-watching activities at Matura beach and also continue the work of preservation of the endangered species.”

The Nature Seekers solar power system is one of 12 being installed in communities across Trinidad and Tobago.  Funded by the European Union under their GCCA+ initiative, this project supports the delivery of Trinidad and Tobago’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and is being implemented by the UNDP on behalf of the Ministry of Planning and Development.

Other solar energy installations were at a bee project in Brasso Seco Community in the rainforest of Northern Range, at a Police Youth Club in Guayaguayare and innovative Kernaham Women’s Group Plastic Upcycling and Learning Facility

Turtle Nesting Site
Photo: Nature Seekers

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