is committed to protecting and conserving the natural environment to enhance the quality of life by promoting: • Environmentally responsible behaviour • • Development and enforcement of environmental legislation • • Encouragement of voluntary compliance • • The use of economic and other incentives • This is to be achieved in an atmosphere of mutual respect, professionalism, accountability, transparency, collaboration and social responsibility. Chairman’s Message T he 2004 Annual Report is a significant advancement for the EMA in its capacity as a coordinating and collaborating agency. This state of the environment report is an assessment of the contribution of ecosystem services of the Northern Range of Trinidad and Tobago to human well-being. It is the result of a remarkable jointly lead pro bono collaboration between several civic society organizations and private individuals with the EMA and employees of several government Ministries and agencies acting in their personal capacities. We are particularly grateful to The Cropper Foundation and The University of the West Indies as well as the Permanent Secretaries and senior officers of several Ministries who gave of their personal time to guide the effort. The work was also supported by grant funding provided by the Millennium Assessment launched by Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations in 2001. In 2003 when the assessment was launched potential users summarised their expectations as follows: On the part of the public sector: The assessment should seek to contribute to
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