Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Kingdom of Norway

A specialist from Norway attended the CSI-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-EU workshop on ‘Arctic Coastal Ecosystems’ (Pisa, Italy, April 1996). Four people from Norway contributed to a presentation given at a regional seminar on ‘Teaching Integrated Coastal Management’ (St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, May 1997); one attended.

Tromsø University is under contract to launch three pilot projects as part of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST)/CSI ‘Circumpolar Coping Processes Project’. The pilot projects involve: a Cree Indian community from Canada, young people in Nordic countries, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark).

Twenty-five specialists from Norway participated in the UNESCO conference on ‘Sustainable Development of Coastal Resources in the Nordic and Baltic Countries’. The conference, held in Fredrikstad, Norway, in May 1999, was organized by the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO. The conference focused on the integrated coastal management status of the participating countries and the need for research, development and collaboration to strengthen this approach.

One person from Norway participated in the intersectoral workshop ‘Towards Wise Coastal Development Practices’ held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris in the beginning of December 1998. A report on the workshop was published in English and French as CSI info 10 (2000): ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development. Results of an Intersectoral Workshop and Preliminary Findings of a Follow-up Virtual Forum’. The delegate from Norway presented an overview of the Nordic-Baltic Network on Sustainable Coastal Development that is jointly run by CSI and MOST and of which Finland is a member. The work of the network was reviewed at a meeting of the Nordic-Baltic National Commissions for UNESCO, on social sciences, which was held in Helsinki in March 2000.


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