The Kingdom of Belgium
A specialist from Belgium assisted (September to December, 1996) in formulating a plan of action and in the organization of a national seminar on the ‘Study and Management of Coastal Areas of Haiti’, and attended this event as a resource person (December 1996, Port-au-Prince, Haiti). In preparation for this event the same specialist participated in a feasibility study mission, in September 1996, on the development of a series of data atlases on selected coastal areas of Haiti. A report of the meeting was published as Coastal Region and Small Island Papers 2 Coasts of Haiti. Resource assessment and management needs and Les Côtes dHaiti. Évaluation des ressources et impératifs de gestion. Two specialists participated in drafting a project document on the study and protection of coastal biodiversity in West Africa (submitted to the EC for funding), and participated in the concluding meeting (Paris, France, May 1996). A Belgian specialist attended a regional workshop on ‘Preserving Biodiversity and the Socio-Economic Value of Mangrove Ecosystems in Latin America’ (Brasilia, Brazil, March 1996). A specialist from Belgium attended the international residential seminar for the ‘Sustainable Development of Omisalj’ held in Croatia in October 1998, as a resource person. A description of measures taken in Belgium to control coastal erosion was posted on the CSI Internet-based ‘Wise Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ forum in December 2001: ‘Further Views for Soft Engineering Measures for Coastal Erosion Control’.
A paper on the UNESCO initiative to integrate indigenous knowledge into development and conservation efforts: ‘Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Global Society’ was presented at a conference on ‘Science and Tradition: Roots and wings for Development’ that was held in Brussels in April 2001.