TDC Launches Blue Flag Activity Book for Children


May 4th, 2016


PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD– On Wednesday 4th May 2016 the Tourism Development Company Ltd (TDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, launched “Saving our Oceans with Samanta the Manta”, a children’s activity book on marine conservation, produced by the Trinidad and Tobago Blue Flag programme at NALIS, Port of Spain.

Students of the Nelson Street Boys and Girls’ Primary Schools attended the launch of the attractive 16-page activity book. Designed for children five years old and over, the book introduces them to the importance of conservation, raises awareness of endangered species and highlights local sites and attractions. Samanta, the book’s main character is a manta ray - an endangered species and one of the most easily identified species of fish owing to their large, triangular pectoral 'wings' that can span up to nearly seven metres.

In his address at the launch, Keith Chin, TDC’s CEO urged students, “Save our planet’s oceans from destruction.” Informing them that knowledge was power, Chin told the students, “With the knowledge you get from reading and doing the activities in the book, you have a responsibility to help save our oceans and marine life so that long after we leave planet Earth, our children and grandchildren can enjoy the treasures of our beautiful islands.”

The development of the activity book is one of five sustainable environmental education programmes being undertaken by the Tourism Development Company, in order to fulfil Blue Flag certification requirements for the 2016 season.

Managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), Blue Flag is an internationally recognised voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across the world. In 2008, the TDC along with the Asclepius Green, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) embarked on the implementation of the Blue Flag Programme to ensure sustainable development of the local tourism sector. A Blue Flag symbolises that a beach is clean, swimmable, and meets high safety and environmental standards. Las Cuevas Beach is currently the only Blue Flag certified beach in the southern English-speaking Caribbean.
“Saving our Ocean with Samanta the Manta Ray” is available at the National Library in Port of Spain and will be distributed to primary schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago.