Several mitigation measures were initiated by the regulatory agencies that constantly monitor the watershed as well as the community-based organisation, Nature Seekers. These mitigation actions range from micro-scaled projects for specific areas of the Matura watershed to broader, holistic programmes geared towards watershed rehabilitation and effective natural resource management in Trinidad and Tobago.
Nature Seekers, was established with the aim of protecting the nesting ground of sea turtles along the Matura Beach. This was the first co-management model developed in Trinidad between the community members and the Forestry Division for sea turtle conservation. The model establishes that communities can actively contribute towards the protection and sustainable management of natural resources while simultaneously gaining improvements in its socio-economic status and livelihood.
Nature Seekers formed out of a need for protection of nesting turtles after a long history in the community of hunting these turtles for eggs, shells and meat. The Wildlife Section of the Forestry Division recognised the importance of community involvement in the conservation of the Matura Beach nesting ground after it was declared a Prohibited Area in 1990. Consequently, Nature Seekers was formed by a group of villagers that have been able to reduce the rates of turtle slaughtering from 30% to zero.
The educational programmes are carried out in the schools of the communities along the north-east coast of Trinidad attempting to bring awareness to the relationship between turtles and fishing as well as the importance of watershed rehabilitation to water supply in the community.
In 2005, the National Integrated Water Resources Management Policy (NIWRMP) was enacted in Trinidad and Tobago. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Stakeholder Forum initiated in 2009. The forum was able to bring to the fore the major water issues facing civil society, corporate entities and government agencies.