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TRINIDAD and TOBAGO
PILOTING THE INTEGRATION OF COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT AND CLIMATE
CHANGE ADAPTATION IN TOBAGO
TC No./Grant No. ATN/OC-13321-TT
The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) has received financing from the Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB), and intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments under the project; Piloting the
integrated of coastal zone management and climate change adaptation in Southwest Tobago, for
service of a firm to undertake the development of a Public Awareness and Dissemination Program.
The objective of this consultancy is to design and implement a public awareness and dissemination
program for the integration of coastal zone management and climate change adaptation response for
coastal ecosystems in Southwest Tobago. This should include a baseline assessment to ascertain the
public level of knowledge of climate change impacts, human impacts, and coastal zone issues. The
public awareness program is expected to contribute to the development of tools for decision-making
as well as an approach for the development of a national Coastal Zone Management plan that
integrates climate change adaptation. This consultancy will be for a period of five (5) months.
The ideal firm should possess the following qualifications: The firm must be legally constituted for
over 5 years; experience in environmental education and social marketing directly or through the
experience of at least two of the proposed principals for this assignment. In a similar way the firm
should demonstrate experience with knowledge dissemination related to climate change. Experience
in the Caribbean is considered an asset.
The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) now invites eligible consultant firms to indicate their interest in
providing the services. Interested firms must provide information establishing that they are qualified
to perform the services (including, description of similar assignments, experience in similar condi-
tions, availability of appropriate skills and detailed CV including three (3) references).
Consultants will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank: Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American
Development Bank (current edition) and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.
REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA)
Attn: Paul Hinds
Hilltop Lane, Chaguaramas
P.O. Box 3160, Carenage
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 634-4291/4
Fax: (868) 634-4433
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Expressions of interest must be delivered via direct
mail or e-mail at the address indicated below by
4:00 p.m. on June 19th, 2013.
Interested consultants may obtain further information
at the address below during office hours 8:00 a.m. to
Expressions of Interest pertaining to contracts expected to cost more than US$200,000 shall be advertised in
UNDB online (firstname.lastname@example.org) and on the Bank's Internet website.
A fire officer with more than 20 years
service who was accused of having mar-
ijuana in his possession has won his mali-
cious-prosecution lawsuit against the State.
Justice Carol Gobin, presiding in the Port-
of-Spain High Court, ruled in favour of
Michael Simon, of Brewster Boulevard, West
Park, Cocoyea, at the conclusion of the law-
Simon, who had been assigned to the
Mon Repos Fire Station, was accused of
marijuana possession, driving without a per-
mit and valid insurance, and failing to pro-
duce a driver s permit to a uniformed police
In his lawsuit, Simon claimed the police
who arrested him fabricated the evidence
against him. They denied his allegations.
Gobin has adjourned the case to July 29,
when she will assess damages to be awarded
According to his evidence, on November
4, 2005, Simon was on his way to Toco
when he was stopped at a police roadblock
at Valencia Junction.
Simon testified when he was stopped, a
policeman identified as PC Stephen Bernard
claimed to smell burnt marijuana in his car.
Simon said he identified himself as a fire
officer and told the policeman he had never
smoked marijuana in his life.
Simon said Bernard and other police
searched him and his car and found no illegal
"As the police officers were walking back
towards the roadblock, PC Bernard suddenly
exclaimed: I find it! and shouted to the
other police officers at the roadblock to
return," Simon said.
He was arrested and taken to the Sangre
Grande Police Station. He said while he was
in a holding cell, Bernard asked for his driver s
permit and insurance.
Simon said he said he did not have the
documents, as they were in the glove com-
partment of his car, and offered to get them.
"This was the first time PC Bernard ever
requested my driver s permit and policy of
insurance," Simon testified.
Simon said without allowing him to go
for the documents, Bernard charged him
with the four offences.
The evidence presented showed Simon
attended the Sangre Grande Magistrates
Court 11 times before magistrate Lianne Lee-
Kim eventually dismissed the charges on
June 30, 2008, after the prosecution failed
to present evidence.
Simon was represented by Abdel
Mohammed and Kent Samlal. Christie Mod-
este and Kendra Mark represented the State.
Fire officer wins
wrongful arrest case SASCHA WILSON
A firefighter has been convicted and fined
$2,900 for refusing to take a breathalyser test
and driving without a driver s permit.
Rakesh Dass, 29, who was last assigned to the
Chaguanas Fire Station, was charged last month.
He pleaded not guilty.
His father, Jaitan Dass, 56, was also charged
with commiting the same offences on the same
day and was fined a total of $3,400.
The fire officer was placed on $10,000 bail,
but later changed his plea to guilty.
Dass admitted that on May 3 he refused to
submit a specimen of his breath for testing when
asked to do so by the police. He also failed to
produce his driver s permit.
He was charged by PC Julio Villafana of the
Brasso Police Station.
Dass apologised for his behaviour when he
appeared before Chaguanas First Court magistrate
Gillian David-Scotland on Monday.
He was fined $2,500 or in default six months
in prison for failing to take the test and $400 or
two months in prison on the other charge.
Fireman fined for
refusing to take
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