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Matura National Park

The Matura National Park is a protected tropical forest area of approximately 9000 ha. It was declared an Environmentally Sensitive Area in 2004. A biological baseline survey was commissioned by the Stakeholder Management Committee (SMC) of the Matura National Park Environmentally Sensitive Area (MNPESA) and submitted to the University of the West Indies (UWI) in 2007.

 Research was carried out from April 2005 to April 2007 by a team of the Department of Life Sciences - UWI, National Parks Section - Forestry Division and 18 community members of the Matura to Matelot (M2M) network.

The study showed that the ESA is composed largely of the Matura and St. David forest reserves, and about 10 % private lands, most of which were formerly cocoa, coffee and tree crop estates that have been abandoned for decades. Altitude varies from 0 to 575 m, with Trinidad’s Northern Range traversing the park in an east-west direction.

Results showed that over 80 % of the area is undisturbed tropical forest: evergreen seasonal forest or Mora forest at lower elevations and montane forest at higher elevations. About 5% of the national park area is currently inhabited and/or farmed. The park is surrounded by 14 coastal communities, with a total population of 5325, whose livelihoods depend partially on the resources of this protected area. The area has important biodiversity value since over 200 species of trees and lianas as well as 5 distinct plant communities were recorded during the survey.

Special Projects

Participatory 3Dimensional Model (P3DM) of the Matura National Park

Publications

 Video

Water Guide Noise Guide Air Guide Biodiversity Guide CEC Guide