Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

A specialist from Jordan attended the first regional symposium on the ‘Enhancement of Coastal Productivity in the Middle East’ (Elat, Israel, October 1996), and a Jordanian trainee participated in a training course on the ‘Use of Remote-Sensing Techniques in Coastal Research and Management’ (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 1996).

CSI, the Aqaba Marine Science Station, the Jordan National Commission for UNESCO and the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme are collaborating to run a project on ‘Fishing for Sustainable Living in the Aqaba, Jordan’. The project is concerned with the decline of fish stocks in the Gulf of Aqaba and in establishing sustainability. A series of training workshops (October 2001- February 2002) promoted links between CSI and non-CSI activities and advanced project assessment procedures. The project is run from the UNESCO Amman Office with support from the UNESCO Doha Office.

A variety of activities related to the Aqaba project were run in 2001: a survey of 200 fishermen for baseline data collection was carried out from July through December; partnerships between institutions in the United States, Egypt, Israel and Jordan were established (July 2001-February 2002); a beach clean-up campaign (September); an awareness campaign run by young people (October-November); training workshop for young people (October-December); stakeholders meeting (November).

A joint CSI-MOST training workshop was held in Aqaba City in February 2002 as part of the ‘Growing Up in Cities’ project. It targeted young people and children in Aqaba and Amman to use their research and survey skills to solve the environmental and social problems confronting their communities.


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