The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Several laboratories in Venezuela take part in the ‘Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) field project. They monitor coral reef, mangrove and seagrass sites in the Parque Nacional Morrocoy and Punta de Mangle (Isla de Margarita). The collected output of such monitoring, throughout the region, was published as CSI Papers 3 ‘CARICOMP. Caribbean Coral Reef, Seagrass and Mangrove Sites’. In addition to continued support for systematic biological monitoring, a particular effort is being made at a number of selected sites to analyse the socio-economic and cultural dynamics of natural resource use. A Venezuelan Member attended the project’s Steering Committee Meetings in Miami, USA in October 1996 and January 2000. A national site director attended site directors meetings, in Cancún, Mexico in November 1996, Blackrock, Trinidad and Tobago in May 1998 and in San José, Costa Rica in May/June 2000, for information exchange with, and technical assistance from, the CARICOMP steering committee. Three specialists form Venezuela attended a workshop on the ‘Relation between Health and Climatological Variabilities’ in Panama in June 1997. An expert from Venezuela attended the regional workshop in Jamaica on ‘The Use of Natural Coastal Resources at CARICOMP Sites: monitoring, community-based management, and socio-economic/cultural aspects’ in May 1998. A textbook 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. A summary of the CARICOMP project, its goals, achievements and future direction was produced in March 2001.