Building on the International Hydrological Programmes (IHP) activities relating to freshwater use and management in the Pacific region, CSI is developing pilot project activities which draw on expertise in the social and natural sciences. Moving towards an increasingly integrated approach to sustainable development in small islands, CSI is focusing on local community perceptions and knowledge relating to the conservation and wise use of freshwater and coastal resources. A senior Tuvalu expert, now Prime Minister, was scheduled to attend the CSI Experts meeting, Paris, November 1996, but unfortunately was obliged to withdraw at the last minute. As part of to the groundwater studies project a report on Water resource conflicts in Tarawa, Kiribati was produced at the end of 1997.
The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002. Its 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 the general public 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. Tuvalu is one of the island territories involved in the project through Small Islands Voice Internet-based global forum. A correspondent from Tuvalu contributed to a paper in a discussion on development in small islands ‘Further Views on the Palau Road’.