Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas

A laboratory in the Bahamas takes part in the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) project. It monitors coral reef, mangrove and seagrass sites in San Salvador. The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a selected number of sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. A national site director attended Site Directors meetings, in Cancún, Mexico in November 1996, Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998 and in San José, Costa Rica in May/June 2000, for information exchange with, and technical assistance from, the CARICOMP Steering Committee. A textbook for schools of the Caribbean region ‘Glimpses of the Blue Caribbean’ was published jointly with the Associated Schools Project, as CSI papers 5, in 2000 and sent to Bahamas. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001.

The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002. Its goals are to overcome the isolation of small islands by providing their citizens, particularly young people, with opportunities to voice their opinions on environmental and development issues in a variety of ways: radio, television, print and Internet-based debate. In this way they will: be able to contribute to the 10-year review of the ‘Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Islands Developing States’ adopted in Barbados in 1994; and continue to interest themselves in environmental and development issues beyond the life-time of the project. The Bahamas is one of the thirteen Caribbean island territories/states involved in the project.

A paper relevant to the Bahamas was posted on the Internet-based ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum’ in June 2003: ‘A Small-island Perspective on Irregular Fishing Communities’.



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