Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Republic of Honduras

One laboratory in Honduras takes part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project’. The collected output of 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. One site identified by Honduras has been regularly monitored by local scientists. A national site director attended site directors meetings, in Cancϊn, Mexico in November 1996 and in Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998, for information exchange with, and technical assistance from, the CARICOMP steering committee. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001.

A joint paper ‘A Platform for Action for the Sustainable Management of Mangroves in the Gulf of Fonseca’ by the Centre for Environmental and Social Studies on Sustainable Development, the Committee for the Defence of the Flora and Fauna of the Gulf of Fonseca and the International Centre for Research on Women was published in November 2000. It represents more than eight years of collaborative work in Honduras and El Salvador.

A paper on this subject was posted on the CSI Internet-based ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ forum in June 2001: ‘Advocacy Campaign for Sustainable Mangrove Management - Gulf of Fonseca’.


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