Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The United Arab Emirates

As part of the Associated Schools in the Gulf Region programme, two students from the United Arab Emirates attended a regional workshop on environmental awareness in Doha, Qatar in March 1997.

In 2001 the Doha Office, the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency and CSI jointly published a ‘Development Plan for a Coastal/Marine Environmental Database for Bahrain’. The aim is to produce a digital atlas that will become the basis of an environmental management system. During a meeting, at the UNESCO Doha Office in 2002, Directors of the National Commissions for members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) unanimously agreed that this activity should be continued and extended to include ‘Coastal Resources Assessments and Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping’ of the Gulf. A preliminary visit to the United Arab Emirates was conducted in June 2003.

 

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