Thus in the short term improving the management of these systems would auger

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Thus, in the short term, improving the management of these systems would auger well for the country’s ability to succeed in diversifying production, expanding trade, coping with population growth, improving health and reducing poverty. Goal 3: Trinidad and Tobago will have an inter-connected, well maintained transport infrastructure Transportation networks and the circulatory systems are the backbone of an economy, ensuring that people, goods and services reach where they need to go. In this context, particular emphasis is being placed on the quality of road infrastructure as well as improving the interconnectivity of roads between and among rural and urban communities. This will facilitate the development of rural communities and contribute to the ease of traffic congestion on main road arteries as drivers can use alternative routes to get to and from work and school and be able to better engage in other day to day activities. Issues relating to poor drainage and flooding in rural communities and urban centres exacerbate the quality of road infrastructure in these areas, causing much personal, social, economic and environmental loss. This issue must be addressed through integrated flood and drainage management planning. Strategic Initiatives/Actions 2.1 Establish the enabling environment to facilitate the use of renewable energy for power generation The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission is currently challenged by competing uses for limited natural gas supplies in its power generation operations. Additionally, the Government has committed to increase input to the energy supply using renewables to 10 percent by 2021. Given this shift to adopt cleaner technologies and the increasing emphasis on reducing emissions from power generation, focus must now be placed on adopting greener technologies for long term sustainability. The Commission will, therefore, adopt measures to increase the use of renewable energy sources in generating electricity. 2.2 Institute appropriate policy mechanisms designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy technologies The development and implementation of appropriate policy instruments, such as a feed-in tariff policy, will create the enabling environment for the development of renewable energy technologies at the national level. With the necessary legislative and regulatory amendments which must be pursued with urgency, such policy initiatives would provide the impetus for the introduction of sustainable renewable energy technologies. 2.3 Promote an integrated approach to Water Resources Management Integrated water resources management promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize available water supply, and the resultant economic benefits and social welfare in an equitable manner, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. To this end, an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM Plan) will be developed and implemented. The Plan
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