Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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A representative from Belize attended a regional workshop (co-sponsored by CSI, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, IOCARIBE, and the Caribbean Development Bank) on ‘Management of Beach Resources in Small Eastern Caribbean Islands’ (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, October, 1996), organized through the regional pilot project on ‘Coast and Beach Stability in the Eastern Caribbean (COSALC)’. His contribution, along with the contributions by other countries of the region, was published in CSI Info 1 (1997): ‘Integrated Framework for the Management of Beach Resources within the Smaller Caribbean Islands - workshop results’. A practical guide for the stakeholders presenting methodology for coastal development setbacks in the Eastern Caribbean was published as CSI Info 4 ‘Planning for Coastline Change’ and distributed. Two laboratories in Belize take part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project’. The CARICOMP sites are at Calabash Caye (Turneffe Islands Atoll) and Carrie Bow Cay. The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3CARICOMP. 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 meeting (Cancun, Mexico, November 1996 and Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago, May 1998) for information exchange with, and technical advice from, the CARICOMP Steering Committee. The mangrove ecosystems of Belize were studied and a corresponding paper published in ‘Mangrove Ecosystem Studies in Latin America and Africa’ (UNESCO, 1997). 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 Belize. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001. A beach clean-up campaign was conducted in November 2001. The problems of buying land for conservation purposes in Belize was discussed on the CSI Internet-based ‘Wise Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ forum in January 2001: ‘Land Purchase/Lease for Conservation Does Work – Some Examples’.


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