Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Netherlands Antilles

Three laboratories in the Netherlands Antilles take part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project’. The laboratories are on Bonaire, Curaçao and Saba. The collected output of monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’ in 1998. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a number of selected sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. Site directors from the Netherlands Antilles attended site directors meetings, in Cancún, Mexico in November 1996, Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998 and in San José, Costa Rica in May/June 2000, for information exchange with, and technical assistance from, the CARICOMP steering committee. The steering committee of CARICOMP met in Miami, USA in October 1996 and January 2000; a delegate from the Netherlands Antilles attended. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001. 

A  resource book for schools of the Caribbean region ‘Glimpses of the Blue Caribbean’ was published jointly with the Associated Schools Project (ASP), as CSI papers 5, in 2000.  A teacher from Curacao participated in the ASPNet-CSI Sandwatch workshop in St. Lucia in May 2001; schools from Curacao are involved in the Sandwatch beach monitoring activities.

The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002. Its goals are to overcome the isolation of small islands by providing their citizens, including young people, with opportunities to voice their opinions on environmental and development issues in a variety of ways: radio, television, print and Internet-based debate. In this way the general public will be able to contribute to the 10-year review of the ‘Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Islands Developing States’ adopted in Barbados in 1994; and play a more effective role in decision-making in their islands.  The Netherlands Antilles is one of the island territories involved in the project through the Small Islands Voice Internet-based global forum; a correspondent from Bonaire contributed to a paper in a discussion on foreign investment: ‘Cook Islands: Untapped Paradise?


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