Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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3. FIRST CASE STUDY UNDERWAY: THE TOWN OF ESSAOUIRA, ANCIENT MOGADOR (MOROCCO)
   
3.1 Existing data
3.2 Results of expert missions sent by UNESCO and French bilateral co-operation to Essaouira between January and October 1997:
3.3 Indications given by recent meetings

The first town chosen for a case study raised a number of problems common to many ancient coastal towns. A first identification mission to Essaouira was carried out by UNESCO in October 1996, in co-operation with the Provincial Governor, the President of the Municipality, the Cellule Agenda 21 of the United Nations Centre for the Human Habitat, Essaouira. As a result of this first mission, effective identification of the problems was achieved, based on:

3.1 Existing data

3.2 Results of expert missions sent by UNESCO and French bilateral co-operation to Essaouira between January and October 1997

3.3 Indications given by recent meetings

With the co-operation of the various Ministries, UNESCO was able to identify the priority problems and the actions to be taken with the various local, regional and international partners, with a view to obtaining a diagnosis and to drawing the attention of international co-operation to the problems of follow-up of the town of Essaouira. In particular, the priority problems of the development of the town were presented by UNESCO in a promotional brochure sent to various municipalities of coastal towns in northern Europe and the Mediterranean, with the aim of sparking a spirit of co-operation amongst towns suffering from, or having overcome, the same problems of urban development in the coastal zone.

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