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
  

5. SUB-REGIONAL ASSESSMENT OF THE BEACH MONITORING ACTIVITIES

Since one of the main objectives of this project is to strengthen in-country capability so that beach monitoring programmes are sustainable at the national level and continue beyond the life of the project, it is helpful at this midpoint of the project to make an initial assessment of the status of the programmes in the individual islands.

Obviously this assessment is preliminary, since this is the midway point of the project, and the assessment might change following the activities involved in phase 2 of the project.

As with any regional project, it is important to bear in mind the individual characteristics of the countries involved, e.g. the size of the country, the nature, history and capacity of the individual institutions.

Specific criteria were used to assess the individual monitoring programmes, these were:

  - a database covering more than 5 years of continuous monitoring,
- more than one person actively involved in the monitoring activities,
- data currently being collected and analysed on island,
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agencies beside the main counterpart agency, actively involved /or interested in the beach monitoring activities.

Based on these criteria, the countries/territories were placed in two groups. 

Group 1 consists of those countries/territories with a vibrant beach monitoring programme which is expected to continue beyond the life of the project. Countries/ territories included in Group 1 are:

Anguilla,
Antigua and Barbuda,
Dominica,
Grenada,
Montserrat,
Nevis,
St. Kitts. 

Details regarding these countries’ monitoring activities, and how they fulfil the four criteria items, are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1.  Characteristics of the beach monitoring programmes in group 1 countries/territories 

Country/ territory

Length of database

Number of persons involved in monitoring, chief counterpart agency 

Data currently being collected and analysed on island

Other agencies involved/ interested in beach monitoring

Anguilla

 1992-2000

4, Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources

Yes

Department of Planning

Antigua and Barbuda

 1991-2000

6, Fisheries Division

Yes

Development Control Authority

Dominica

 1987-1991,  1994-2000 

3, Forestry, Wildlife and National Parks Division

Yes

Physical Planning Division

Grenada

 1985-1991,
 1993-2000 

8, National Science and Technology Council

Yes

Fisheries Division,
Lands and Surveys Division,
Land and Water Resource Unit, Hillsborough Secondary School.

Montserrat

 1990-1996,
 1999-       

4, Fisheries Division

Yes

Physical Planning Unit

Nevis

 1988-2000 

6, Nevis Historical and Conservation Society

Yes

Physical Planning Unit

St. Kitts

 1991-2000

5, Department of the Environment

Yes

Physical Planning Division, Fisheries Division

Group 2 consists of those countries/territories where beach monitoring programmes may need further assistance beyond phase 2 in order to become self-sufficient, countries/territories included in Group 2 are:

British Virgin Islands,
St. Lucia,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Turks and Caicos Islands.

Details regarding these countries/territories’ monitoring activities, and how they only partially fulfil the four criteria items are included in Table 2.

Table 2.  Characteristics of the beach monitoring programmes in group 2 countries/territories 

Country/ territory

Length of database

Number of persons involved in monitoring, chief counterpart agency 

Data currently being collected and analysed on island

Other agencies involved/ interested in beach monitoring

British Virgin Islands

 1989-1994

None at present, Conservation and Fisheries Department

No 

Town and Country Planning Department

St. Lucia

 1994-2000(?)

Unknown, Fisheries Department*

Unknown**

Northwest Coastal Conservation Project,
Unit for Sustainable Development and the Environment

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 1995-1996

St. Vincent: none, Seismic Unit.  
Bequia:
10-20 students, Bequia Community High School

Yes 

Physical Planning Department

Turks and Caicos Islands

 1995,1997

Unknown, Department of Environment and Coastal Resources

Unknown

Department of Planning, Coastal Resources Management Project

*    Institutional arrangements for coastal management under review.
** Officer in charge of the monitoring programme at present on study leave.

The foregoing is only a preliminary assessment following phase 1, the categorization is expected to change after phase 2 activities have been completed and as further information becomes available.  For instance, in the case of St. Lucia, it is anticipated that by the end of phase 2, institutional arrangements for coastal management will have been decided and if a Coastal Zone Management Unit is established, then responsibility for beach monitoring island-wide may well become one of the activities of that agency.  Similarly in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the designation of an agency to undertake beach monitoring is still under discussion.  In the Turks and Caicos Islands, which were visited at the very beginning of Phase 1, it is anticipated that monitoring will re-commence in 2000 with three agencies involved: Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Department of Planning and the Coastal Resources Management project.  Similarly, in the British Virgin Islands, it is anticipated that beach monitoring may re-commence in 2000, once GIS base map problems are resolved and designated staff members are in place.

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