Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve has been named the Caribbean Nature Park of the Year in the Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Awards 2019.
Caribbean Journal (CJ) is the world’s largest website covering the Caribbean, has original content and video focusing on travel and tourism across the entire Caribbean and is the global leader in covering Caribbean travel and trade news.
According to the Journal, the Green Awards are meant to “celebrate those who are already working to protect and strengthen this beautiful corner of the world.”
In the article posted on their website, Caribbean Journal emphasised that being “green” encompasses renewable energy, local and sustainable tourism, and consideration of the environment.
Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest Reserve, which was recognised by Caribbean Journal as the Caribbean Nature Park of the Year, was declared a Crown Reserve in 1776 making it the oldest legally protected forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere established for a conservation purpose.
It was also nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in August 2011, and was voted the “World’s Leading Eco-Tourism destination” by the World Travel Awards in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The Caribbean Journal described the Reserve as “a living example of the power of conservation and one whose continued stewardship sends a daily message to the rest of the region. It’s also one of the most remarkable places to visit in the region, a haven of biodiversity and a portal into the natural splendor of this gem of the Southern Caribbean.”
The Main Ridge Forest Reserve is one of the island’s attractions that form part of its thriving eco-tourism product—one of the four pillars for growth of the tourism industry identified by the Tobago Tourism Agency.
Visitors to the reserve can enjoy its lush tropical beauty through guided tours, nature walks, bird watching and mountain biking.