Environment and development
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The Kingdom of Spain

A specialist from Spain attended the CSI-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)-European Commission workshop on ‘Arctic Coastal Ecosystems’ held in Pisa, Italy in April 1996 and another participated at the international conference on ecosystems of the Rio de la Plata estuary, ECOPLATA’96 (Montevideo, Uruguay, November 1996).

An agreement to co-operate between the two UNESCO Chairs on: ‘Sustainable Tourism Development’ at the University of Las Palmas and ‘Integrated Coastal Management and Sustainable Development’ at the University of Dakar, was signed in May 1998. The University of Las Palmas will provide the University of Dakar with guidance and intellectual support to launch new pilot activities.

A Spanish scientist participated in the BILKO Steering Committee meetings, on computer-based learning modules on the use of remote sensing in coastal research and management, held in the UK in July 1998, the Netherlands in November 1998 and Spain in November 1999. He is coordinating the preparation of a module on fisheries and remote sensing.

Another Spanish scientist attended the international residential seminar for the ‘Sustainable Development of Omisalj’ held in Croatia in October 1998. Five participants from Spain (one from the Canary Islands) attended an international seminar on ‘Sustainable Development in the Coastal Zones’ held in Mahdia, Tunisia, in June 1999. A report on the seminar was published as CSI info 8 (2000) ‘Développement Urbain Durable en Zone Côtière. Actes du Séminaire International’.

An International Workshop on ‘Submarine Archaeology and Coastal Management in the Mediterranean’ was held in Alexandria in April 1997. Papers from the workshop were published as Coastal Management Sourcebook 2 (2000): ‘Underwater Archaeology and Coastal Management. Focus on Alexandria’; a specialist from Spain attended the workshop and contributed to the publication.

CSI, among others, initiated a joint European Commission funded project in 1999 on ‘Education and Training in Integrated Coastal Management’. The project was officially launched in February 2000. Spain hosted ten Russian students (April-June 2000) and ten more students in 2001. The project came to an end in December 2002.

A fisheries resource management project in Galicia was discussed on the web-based ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ Forum, in January 2002, in a paper on ‘Indigenous Fishers’ Knowledge: Ownership, Predicaments and Research’ .

An agreement to establish a UNITWIN network among five European universities to promote wise coastal practices was signed by representatives of the universities involved (University of Aveiro, Portugal; University of Bologna, Italy; University of Cadiz, Spain; University of Riga, Latvia; Russian State Hydrometeorological University, St. Petersburg, Russia) in August 2002. The launch ceremony was held at the University of Cadiz, Spain, in September 2002. A planning workshop involving the Universities of Bologna, Riga, St. Petersburg and Aveiro was held in Cervia, Italy, in November 2002. Three people from Spain attended the meeting.


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