This paper focuses on the application of the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, a strategy that seeks to integrate local people as equal participants in the research process, in the environmental initiatives undertaken at Trinidad and Tobago. Although governments throughout the Americas subscribe to the principle of local participation in environmental protection efforts, such participation is often more in name than in actual practice. Local people are at best questioned informally on environmental problems and concerns, but were excluded from the actual research and planning process. However, problems were lessened during the development of the PAR approach. One of the common features of PAR projects is their preventive nature. Instead of focusing on stopgap measures, these projects address the root causes of the problems. Moreover, the PAR strategy is considered a widely accepted approach to health and social science research and the best method in understanding human behavior.