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he Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is a Statutory Organisation
established in 1995 under the Environmental Management Act chapter 35:05.
The EMA is responsible for, among other things, developing and implementing
policies, laws and programmes for the effective management of the environment.
The Authority is interested in recruiting an individual who is deeply committed
to working towards the protection, conservation and enhancement of the
environment, within the context of sustainable development.
NARIVA SWAMP RESTORATION AND CARBON
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the post of Project
Coordinator (PC) for the Nariva Swamp Restoration and Carbon Sequestration Initiative, for a
period of three (3) years. This is a collaborative project of the Forestry Division (Ministry of Agriculture, Land
and Marine Resources), the University of the West Indies and the EMA.
The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating stakeholders and activities for the implementation of a
work programme for the reforestation and management of the Nariva Swamp.
KNOWLEDGE, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Project management skills and experience with successful track record of multi-faceted, large budget
• Tertiary level degree in project management, protected area management, rural development,
agriculture or related field with at least 10 years experience;
• Team building and conflict management skills;
• Self-motivated, adept at working in a self-directed manner;
• Strong Knowledge of Windows based computer applications;
Prospective applicants may visit the EMA website at www.ema.co.tt to view the Terms of Reference for this position.
Applications with Curriculum Vitae should be submitted to:
The Human Resource Manager
Environmental Management Authority,
#8 Elizabeth Street, St. Clair, Port-of-Spain,
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Please clearly mark "Project Coordinator for Nariva Swamp Restoration and Carbon
DEADLINE DATE: - June 26, 2013
NB: Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.
Although most of us do not want a garden looking
like the cratered surface of the moon, sometimes
we cannot help but laugh at little noses covered in
At other times we may shout at the dog for ripping
out our newly planted flowers and even go to the
extent of taking the dog to a freshly excavated hole,
sticking his nose in it and spanking him there---all
incorrect, not to mention ineffective, forms of pun-
Digging is a natural behaviour in a dog. Having
descended from wolves, the behavioural pattern of
a dog is similar to that of a wolf. Wolves dig dens
in which to raise their young; they dig cooling holes
in hot weather; they dig shelter holes in cold weather;
they dig holes in which to store food that they cannot
eat at the time; they dig holes to reclaim their food;
they dig up roots for extra fibre; they dig tunnels to
investigate the movement of small creatures just
under the surface; and they dig to hunt for critters
living in burrows underground.
Dogs dig for all the above reasons, but these domes-
ticated animals also dig to escape the confines of a
yard to seek mates; to rush passers-by or other dogs
in an exhibit of territorial behaviour; to run away
from a scary situation (for example, dogs terrified of
thunder and fireworks will often attempt to flee
blindly); through anxiety (such as separation anxiety);
because they have been bred to hunt animals living
underground (such as terriers and dachshunds); to
bury toys and bones; they imitate their owners when
the human is gardening; some dogs may be attracted
to freshly turned or fertilised dirt; others learn that
digging gets them attention and your shouting there-
fore reinforces the behaviour; and they dig because
they simply like to do it, or are just plain bored.
Digging is such an instinctive behaviour that it is
difficult to stop.
• The first thing to do is to understand why your
dog is digging and then you will be able to identify
an appropriate solution. Behavioural problems resulting
in digging (such as anxiety, phobic responses to thun-
der and fireworks, territorial aggression and attention
seeking) should be referred to a qualified animal
behaviourist for treatment.
• Neutering your dog reduces the desire to leave
your yard to find company---any holes to your fence
should be filled in and the boundaries of your yard
reinforced in the interest of public safety.
• Ensure that your dog is provided with water at
all times and plant trees and/or shrubs in your garden
so he has cool, shady spots in which to rest during
the heat of the day.
• The best cure is to ensure that the dog does not
have access to these areas. However, dogs who dig
genuinely love digging, so I recommend creating a
specific area in the garden where the dog is allowed
to dig (by burying toys, bones and other objects). He
can centre his activities on a more acceptable
patch of earth rather than destroying your
• Praise him when he digs only on this
accepted spot to positively reinforce this
area. If you catch him digging elsewhere,
interrupt the behaviour with a hand clap,
an emphatic "no" or a whistle, and redirect
the behaviour by taking him to the spot he
is allowed to dig in. You can only discipline
him if you catch him in the act---any pun-
ishment given when you come home or
wake up the next morning to find him cov-
ered in dirt and your plants strewn all over
will not be associated with the digging and
therefore will not work.
• Finally, make sure that your dog gets
sufficient exercise and stimulation to keep
him from becoming bored, and always
shower your dog with lots of attention and
affection to prevent him showering you with
Shower digging dogs with love
Copyright © Kristel-Marie Ramnath 2013.
For further information, contact Kristel-
Marie Ramnath at 689-8113 or
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