Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The State of Bahrain

A trainee from Bahrain attended a regional training course on the ‘Use of Remote-Sensing Techniques in Coastal Research and Management’ in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in December 1996.

Technical and financial support was extended, through the UNESCO Doha Office, to the international conference on the ‘Biology of the Coastal Environment’ (Bahrain, April 1997); 132 specialists from 26 countries attended it. Two project proposals were submitted to the National Bahraini authorities and to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in April 1997: (i) Strengthening the capacity of the Environmental Centre at the University of Bahrain so as to be able to conduct research, train specialists and provide advise to decision-makers on environmental problems associated with development, and (ii) Establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Environment at the University of Bahrain to promote the notion of an interdisciplinary approach to studying the relationship between the environment and sustainable development. These possibilities are still being discussed.

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 was conducted in May 2003.


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