The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A training course on the Use of Remote-Sensing Techniques in Coastal Research and Management was hosted in Jeddah in December 1996. It was attended by 17 trainees from Saudi Arabia.
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 Saudi Arabia was conducted in May 2003.
In 2002 negotiations, with the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development, to produce a publication on ‘Wise Coastal Practices - Marine Pollution Management in the Gulf’ were initiated.