The Sultanate of Oman
One trainee from Oman attended a regional training course on the Use of Remote-Sensing Technique in Coastal Research and Management (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 1996). Three young Omanis participated in a 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 Oman was conducted in January/February 2003.