Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve
Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve is part of the Tentative list of Trinidad and Tobago in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve has a unique biodiversity on a small size. It comprises a mountain range (maximum altitude 604m), covered by tropical rainforest. Its fauna is continental in origin as the island was once connected to South America.
Map of Tobago Main Ridge Forest ReserveLoad map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
Ticking of WHS is one thing for me but also ticking of countries (I love lists) and with direct flights on KLM from Amsterdam to Trinidad & Tobago I just had to go. Of course also visiting the various TWHS.
How to get to Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve
I would say: by car only. Plus you have to get to Tobago as well. At the moment (pandemic) you can only get there from Trinidad. There are no international flights.
The forest reserve covers a huge part of northern Tobago. A road crosses it from where you can make hikes of various length. The forest is mainly interesing for birth watchers as there are more as 200 and of which 30% is endemic.
Should it be WHS?
I would not say it has all the criteria. It's already a biosphere reserve and of course it must be protected. I do not think it deserves a WHS status as it's not that unique. On the submission it also says "Main Ridge Forest Reserve was also voted the "World's Leading Eco-Tourism destination" which I'm not really sure why that matters. If they go for WHS they should close (most part of) the reserve and have one or two trails left so that flora and fauna can thrive better. Of course not fully close it, then we cannot tick it off anymore :-)
In any case it was a pleasant hike for sure.
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2011 Added to Tentative List
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