The Community- Based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme, has its genesis under the Community Enhancement Programme (CEP), which was established by the Tobago House of Assembly in May, 2001. The CEPEP programme was given life through the decision of Cabinet in May of 2002.
Initially, the Programme was within the ambit of the Solid Waste Management Co. Ltd (SWMCOL), but in 2008 the CEPEP Company Limited (CCL) was incorporated and activated under the Division of Health and Social Services, Tobago House of Assembly, with responsibility for programme execution in the area of environmental protection and enhancement. Therefore in Tobago, CEPEP focuses on environmental protection, enhancement and beautification in services areas where more attention needs to be paid, to assist in achieving an environment that is Clean, Green, Safe and Serene.
Rationale for the Establishment of CEPEP
The environment in many communities throughout Tobago is under severe stress from several activities including the indiscriminate dumping of solid and other waste along roadways, open spaces and watercourses.
The Tobago House of Assembly is of the view that there is need for a focused and purposeful intervention aimed at empowering communities to improve the condition of the local environment through the implementation of a community based environmental and enhancement programme in Tobago.
It is envisaged that such an initiative would employ semi-skilled and unskilled individuals, particularly unemployed persons, in activities which are dedicated to the enhancement of the physical environment in their communities. Such a programme will also contribute to at reduction in the level of social stress by absorbing some of the unemployment, which persists in several communities.
Vision and Mission of CEPEP
"To be the principal catalyst for community-driven environmental protection and enhancement through the development of business enterprises".
"Committed to building successful community business models, sustainable environmental projects, and the promotion of social responsibility within communities".
Five Core Values
1. Community Driven-The commitment to support viable initiatives at the community level and to promote disciplined and responsible behaviour through all our activities.
2. Entrepreneurship- The commitment to combine resources in order to seize any business opportunity that presents itself in the interest of our contractors and community entrepreneurs.
3. Partnership- The commitment to partner with other government and/or private agencies in the furtherance of the objectives of business development and environmental enhancement.
4. Environmental Friendliness- The discipline and commitment to ensure that our contractors operate according to global standards in caring for the environment.
5. Public Accountability- The commitment to allow all transactions to stand up to the scrutiny of our major stakeholders the public of Trinidad and Tobago.
Aims and Objectives
1. To empower communities to improve the condition of the local environment
2. To expand employment opportunities for the benefit of the semi-skilled and unskilled individuals within their communities, and
3. To create opportunities for the development of small businesses.
Services of CEPEP
1. Beautification and landscaping
2. Coastal maintenance
3. Dead animal removal
4. Illegal dump site removal
5. Waste removal and eco-sites management
6. Environmental emergency response
7. Support to Churches to maintain and beautify cemeteries
Project Categories and Activities of CEPEP
1. Collect, sort and remove garbage from public roadways which are inaccessible to other waste-handling systems;
2. Conduct on-going clean-up of coastal areas by collecting, sorting and removing shoreline garbage;
3. Beautification of existing dump spots;
4. Cleaning and beautification of cemeteries;
5. Establishment of a yard waste composting facility.
6. Restoration and maintenance of open spaces;
7. Collect, sort and remove solid waste from water courses (including rivers, ravines, drains and canals);