Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Saint Lucia

St. Lucia participates in the regional ‘Managing Beach Resources and Planning for Coastline Change, Caribbean Islands project’ (old name: ‘Coast and Beach Stability in the Eastern Caribbean (COSALC) project’). In co-operation with several national agencies, the coastal monitoring programme was continued through 1996-99. In 1996, a set of equipment for coastal monitoring was provided. Technical assistance to the coastal management programme was provided to the national agencies involved through a consultancy mission in April 1996. Analyses of the monitoring data, collected between 1990-95 and stored in the country’s computerized data base, was completed in 1996 and the corresponding report issued; a COSALC report, summarizing beach changes in 1996 (with a chapter on St. Lucia), was produced in 1997. A public awareness campaign was launched in 1997 with production and distribution to the national agencies, schools and private sector of audio-visual material on ‘Beaches and Hurricanes: 1995 in the Eastern Caribbean Islands’ (including data from St. Lucia). A slide presentation illustrating the effects of Tropical Storm Iris and Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn on the islands of the eastern Caribbean in 1995, including slides on St. Lucia was put together in 1997. A cultural and socio-economic assessment of beach changes in the Eastern Caribbean (including St. Lucia) was completed and the corresponding report issued in 1996; a paper on the assessment was published in CSI papers 1. Three representatives from St. Lucia attended a regional transdisciplinary workshop (co-sponsored by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, IOCARIBE, and the Caribbean Development Bank) on management of beach resources in small Eastern Caribbean islands (Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, October 1996). Their contributions, along with the presentations by other countries of the region, were published as CSI Info 1 (1997): ‘Integrated Framework for the Management of Beach Resources within the Smaller Caribbean Islands: workshop results’, and Coastal Region and Small Island Papers 1 (1997): ‘Managing Beach Resources in the Smaller Caribbean Islands: workshop papers’. A practical guide for stakeholders, presenting methodology for coastal development setbacks in the Eastern Caribbean Islands was published as CSI Info 4, ‘Planning for Coastline Change’ and was distributed. A consultant visited St. Lucia to determine coastal development setback guidelines in April 1998 under the ‘Coast and Beach Stability in the Eastern Caribbean (COSALC) project’ and a detailed report was produced. 

A representative from St. Lucia attended the sub-regional workshop in ‘Video Production for Broadcast and Exchange’ held in Grenada in November 1998 in order to produce a series of video clips to ‘bring to the living room’ an environmental message based on local material. St. Lucia was provided with video equipment. A second workshop, also in Grenada, was held in May 1999 in co-operation with UNESCO’s Communication, Information and Informatics Sector. A representative from St. Lucia attended. A video clip on St. Lucia was shown and evaluated. In 2001 the production and broadcast of COSALC items was reviewed. Environmentalists and production staff were given hands-on training to address production shortcomings. An environmental video was produced. 

A summary report ‘Coast and Beach Stability in the Caribbean Islands. COSALC project activities 1996-97’ (published as No.6 in the CSI Info series) and a report ‘Planning for Coastline Change. COSALC project review, 1998’ were submitted to the St. Lucia authorities. Public information material distributed in 1998 included: a poster ‘The Sea at your doorstep’, three articles in the Sea Grant in the Caribbean Newsletter (January-December 1998), and ‘Coping with Beach Erosion’ (published as Coastal Management Sourcebook 1). A follow-up ‘Coping with Shoreline Erosion in the Caribbean’ was published in Nature & Resources vol.35 no. 4 in December 1999. A summary of the COSALC project was written in September 2000. 

Since April 1999 a web-based discussion on ‘Planning for Coastal Erosion’ in eastern Caribbean islands (including St. Lucia) has been taking place on the CSI ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development Forum’. Other papers relating to St. Lucia were added in July and November 2002: Announcement of a trial global discussion forum for Small Islands Voice’ and ‘Views on Community Enforcement’.

St. Lucia participated in the joint Caribbean Development Bank/UNESCO project on ‘Institutional Strengthening in Beach Management in the organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and Turks and Caicos Islands’ (October 1999-March 2001). The focus of this project was strengthening of the on-going beach monitoring programme. A UNESCO mission visited St. Lucia in April 2000 to evaluate ongoing activities and to plan with local counterparts for 2000-2001. A final report on the institutional strengthening project ‘Monitoring Beach Changes as an Integral Component of coastal Management’ was published in 2003 as CSI info 15. It contains a section specific to St. Lucia.

A resource book for schools of the Caribbean region ‘Glimpses of the Blue Caribbean’ was published jointly with the Associated Schools Project, as CSI papers 5, in 2000. St. Lucia officially joined the joint CSI-Associated Schools Project Sandwatch in 2001 and local schools are now involved in beach-monitoring activities. Several teachers from St. Lucia participated in the ASPNet-CSI Sandwatch workshop in St. Lucia in May 2001. Teachers’ training workshops were also held in May and June 2001.

Two people from St. Lucia attended a workshop on ‘Furthering Coastal Stewardship in Small Islands’ held in Dominica in July 2001. The results were published as CSI papers 11 ‘Wise Practices for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Small Islands’. The participants from St. Lucia presented papers on ‘Coastal Stewardship in St. Lucia’ and ‘Furthering Stewardship in Small Islands’. A paper on the workshop was posted on the web-based ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Human Development’ Forum in June 2002: Wise Practice Agreements: a Proposed Mechanism for Reducing Coastal Conflicts’.

A series of  public information booklets on beach erosion in the Caribbean was produced in 2002 -2003 by UNESCO-CSI, the University of Puerto Rico’s Sea Grant College Program and the Caribbean Development Bank. One about St. Lucia, Wise Practices for Coping with Beach Erosion - St. Lucia’, was published in 2003. 

The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002. The Secretary-General for the St. Lucia National  Commission for UNESCO attended the official launch of the project in the Caribbean in St. Kitts and Nevis in April 2002. The project 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 they 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.  St. Lucia is one of the island states involved in the project through the Small Islands Voice Internet-based global forum; correspondents from St. Lucia have directly participated in the forum.

A pupil from St. Josephs Convent, St. Lucia posted a response on the Small Islands Voice Youth Forum: ‘Sport and Recreation in St. Lucia’ in October 2002. 

 

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