Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Islamic Federal Republic of Comoros

The UNESCO Communication and Education Sectors, and the UNESCO Dakar, Maputo, Nairobi and Pretoria Offices jointly organized a workshop on ‘Education and Communication for Sustainable Coastal Development’ as part of the ‘Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Integrated Coastal Management (PACSICOM)’ held in Maputo in July 1998. The proceedings of the workshop were published, in English and French, as CSI info 7 (1999): ‘The Role of Communication and Education for Sustainable Coastal Development’. An expert from Comoros gave one of the discussion papers.

One participant and one observer from Comoros attended the intersectoral workshop ‘Towards Wise Coastal Development Practices’ held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris at the end of 1998. A report on the workshop was published in English and French as CSI info 10: ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development. Results of an Intersectoral Workshop and Preliminary Findings of a Follow-up Virtual Forum’. The delegate from Comoros wrote a paper on community participation in the Indian Ocean.

The themes of ‘Managing Household Waste in Small Communities’ and ‘Community Involvement in Turtle Protection’ in the Comoros Islands were introduced as discussion topics on the web-based ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum’ in July 1999. Two more papers from Comoros ‘Organising the NGOs Towards Common Objectives’ and ‘A Categorisation of Wise Practice Characteristics’ were added in January/February 2000. A report on the forum was published in November 2000; one person from Comoros contributed to it.

Comoros is a member of SEACAM the Secretariat for Eastern African Coastal Area Management. A French translation, of a training manual produced by SEACAM, ‘D’une Bonne Idée a un Projet Réussi. Manuel pour le Développement et la Gestion de Projets a l’Echelle Local’ was published as CSI info 9 in 2000. The manual has been used throughout east Africa to train members of non-governmental organisations concerned with integrated coastal zone management.

A joint UNESCO / Secretariat for Eastern African Coastal Area Management / Indian Ocean Commission training course for non-governmental organisations of the region on ‘Project Management and Development’ was held in Madagascar in June 2000. Six trainees came from Comoros.

A media seminar ‘Quel Avenir pour nos Côtes ?’ (What Future for our Coasts?) was held in the Comoros in January 2001.
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