Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The State of Kuwait

One trainee from Kuwait attended a regional training course on the ‘Use of Remote-Sensing Technique in Coastal Research and Management’ (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 1996). Three young Kuwaitis participated in the workshop on ‘Environmental Awareness’ (Doha, Qatar, March 1997).

In 2001 the Doha Office, the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency and CSI jointly published a ‘Development Plan for a Coastal/Marine Environmental Database for Bahrain’. The aim is to produce a digital atlas that will become the basis of an environmental management system. During a meeting, at the UNESCO Doha Office in 2002, Directors of the National Commissions for members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) unanimously agreed that this activity should be continued and extended to include ‘Coastal Resources Assessments and Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping of the Gulf. A preliminary visit to Kuwait was conducted in January 2003.

The UNESCO Doha Office started discussions with the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, in 2002, on possible collaborative work on coastal vegetation. This was followed-up with a visit to the Institute in January 2003. The impact of prolonged livestock grazing, above the carrying capacity of the land, was demonstrated and contrasted with an enclosed, control areas of lush vegetation.

A consultant from Kuwait was one of a team of experts that visited the Port Sudan region of Sudan in January 2003. The team discussed the establishment of a ‘Biosaline Pilot Farm for Livestock Production’ with various stakeholders and identified potential sites for it.

 

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