Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Institutional strengthening of beach management capabilities in the organisation of
 eastern Caribbean States and the Turks and Caicos Islands


       The objective is to ensure that existing beach monitoring programmes are sustainable at the national level by strengthening in-country capability through the installation of specially prepared software and through the provision of the necessary training to use the software to analyse and interpret the data. 

       Short term goals are to ensure that beach change data are collected, analysed, interpreted and applied in a competent manner in each country/territory.  The long term goal is to ensure that the beach monitoring activities (data collection, data analysis, data interpretation and data application) become completely self-sufficient (i.e. not requiring support from the COSALC project) in at least half of the countries/territories involved.

       The terms of reference for the project ‘Institutional Strengthening of Beach Management Capabilities in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Turks and Caicos Islands’ are as follows:

(a) Convert existing beach change databases to the format developed by UPR-SGCP/UNESCO.
(b) Check for errors and assess for data quality.
(c) Prepare summary data tables.
(d) Install converted and updated databases along with the new software at the offices of the main environmental counterpart agency.
(e) Conduct sessions with individual staff on the use of the software to analyse the data and determine beach change trends at particular sites. Ensure competency with retrieving, updating and saving the database.
(f) Assess training needs and develop and implement a training programme as follows:
- one day workshop on database utilization for personnel involved in beach management; and
- half-day session with personnel from physical planning offices.
(g) Design and develop a manual for utilization of the database.
(h) Undertake a final visit to assess progress, address problems that may exist and provide any further assistance that may be required.
(i) Undertake any additional tasks that may be required to complete the assignment.

The project has been divided into two phases.  The first phase which ran from 1st October 1999 to 30th April 2000 focused on items (a) to (e), the assessment part of item (f) and item (g).  The remaining items will be addressed in phase 2.

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