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

Two scientists from Madagascar attended a regional conference on ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development’ (Dakar, Senegal, October 1996). Two observers from Madagascar attended the intersectoral workshop ‘Towards Wise Coastal Development Practices’ held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the beginning of December 1998.

In March 2000 a paper on ‘Preparation of a Master Plan for Coastal Zone Management / Menabe - Madagascar’ was posted on the web-based ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ Forum. Another paper relevant to Madagascar was posted in April 2002: ‘Indigenous Fishers Knowledge - Further Discussion’.

Madagascar 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/SEACAM/Indian Ocean Commission training course for non-governmental organisations of the region on ‘Project Management and Development’ was held in Madagascar in June 2000. It was attended by twenty people from Comoros, La Reunion and Madagascar.

One person from Madagascar attended a meeting, in September 2000, to create an association of Indian Ocean Universities.


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