Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Further support for coastal monitoring, public awareness and environmental education in the Lesser Antilles

Eleven (11) Island States and territories of the Lesser Antilles (Eastern Caribbean) participating in the 'Coast and Beach Stability in the Lesser Antilles' (COSALC) project have been recently provided with complete sets of beach monitoring equipment (Abney level, tape measure and ranging poles).

The project was established by UNESCO in the mid 1980s and refocused in 1996 with a view to integrate environmental, educational and socio-economic components. UNESCO support provided recently through the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program (UPR/SGCP) was used so that all of the participating islands now have at least two sets of monitoring equipment. Cameras were also provided to each island so that photographs of natural and man-induced beach changes and events such as erosion caused by sand mining, storms and hurricanes can be documented.

Thirty (30) sets of audio-visual materials on the "Impact of the 1995 Hurricanes on Beaches in the Eastern Caribbean Islands" were prepared and distributed by UPR/SGCP in the region. The above sets were presented to the main counterpart national agency as well as to a local non-government organization (NGO) in each island. Each set contains 59 slides and a written commentary prepared by the project leader, Dr. G. Cambers, in co-operation with local counterparts. The materials are being used for public awareness and environmental education purposes. The list of agencies and NGOs, which received the above audio-visual materials, is given below. Those interested in using the material for public purposes are encouraged to contact:

in Anguilla: Planning Department and/or Anguilla National Trust;
in Antigua-Barbuda: Fisheries Division and/or Environmental Awareness Group;
in British Virgin Islands: Conservation & Fisheries Department and/or National Parks Trust;
in Dominica: Forestry Division and/or Dominica Conservation Association;
in Grenada: National Science & Technology Council and/or Grenada Friends of the Earth;
in Montserrat: Ministry of Agriculture Trade & Industry and/or Montserrat National Trust;
in Nevis: Planning Department and/or Nevis Historical and Conservation Society;
in St. Kitts: Fisheries Division and/or Brimstone Hill Society;
in St. Lucia: Fisheries Department and/or St. Lucia National Trust;
in St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Seismic Unit; Caribbean Schools Project (National Commission for UNESCO); and/or JEMS Progressive Community Organization;
in Turks & Caicos Islands: Department of Environment and Coastal Resources and/or Turks & Caicos National Trust.

These audio-visual materials can also be borrowed from:

UNESCO-CSI (UNESCO Headquarters, Paris); UNESCO-Port of Spain Office (Trinidad & Tobago); COSALC project (UPR/SGCP, Puerto Rico); Sea Grant College Program (UPR/SGCP, Puerto Rico); Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados); Organization of Eastern Caribbean States - Natural Resources Management Unit (OECS- NRMU, St. Lucia); Caribbean Conservation Association (CCA, Barbados).

As of January 1, 1997 the following Island States and territories in the Eastern Caribbean participate in the project:

Anguilla, Antigua-Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

For more information, contact:
Dr. G. Cambers, COSALC project, UPR/SGCP, Puerto Rico,
fax (1) 787 265 2880, ma_valdes@rumac.upr.clu.edu


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