Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Why a UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Coastal Development?




INTERSECTORAL refers to sectors in SOCIETY.  In the case of coastal sectors this includes:

INTERSECTORALITY in UNESCO is a sub-set thereof represented by complementary action among the five programme sectors (Culture, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences – to start with – Education, and Communication).


With UNESCO National Commissions from the region represented, it is worthwhile to quote Article 2 of the Chair Agreement in front of Rector Lacis for his countersignature: “The Chair will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between researchers and teaching staff at the University (of Latvia) and the Nordic-Baltic Network on Sustainable Coastal Development involving partnerships with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden”.

LATVIA CHAIR IS THIRD CHAIR in SCD; other two are at:

while there is an associate Chair at University Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique.

All Chair activities are based on field projects.  For the Latvia Chair this concerns the North Kurzeme project on “Municipal environmental management and public participation.”

Let me quote another article (no.10) from the Chair Agreement:  “UNESCO shall endeavour to associate the University (of Latvia) with the activities of different Chairs and inter-university networks participating in the Programme, especially in Member States in the European region, and with those of similar Chairs in other regions of the world.”

In this respect, I would like to refer to the inter-regional workshop on ‘Wise Practices for Coastal Conflict Resolution’ to be held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 19 to 23 November this year.  It is a pleasure to invite a representative of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Latvia to join 10 other representatives of UNESCO-CSI field projects and Chairs in countries ranging from Uruguay to Indonesia and from Russia to South Africa.

With reference to observations by the Secretary-Generals of the Finnish, Danish and German National Commissions for UNESCO earlier this afternoon, it is worthwhile to note that one of the 16 wise coastal practice characteristics concerns adherence to human rights.  As well, “wise practices are to be developed into ethical codes of practice to resolve conflicts over coastal resources and values.”

I’m confident that the vigour present here in Latvia will allow the Chair to fully pursue UNESCO’s mission in the 21st century which is “to contribute to peace and human development in an era of globalisation through education, the (natural, social and human) sciences, culture, and communication.”

Summary of the presentation by Dirk G. Troost
Chief, UNESCO Coastal Regions and Small Islands platform
At the occasion of the official opening of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Coastal Development at the University of Latvia, hosted by Mr Ivars Lacis, Rector, University of Latvia, Riga, 21 September 2001






Wise Practices Regions Themes