Environment and development
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APPENDIX II

SUMMARY OF THE STATUS OF THE BEACH MONITORING PROGRAMMES
AS OF 31.12.97

Anguilla   Nevis
Antigua & Barbuda   St. Kitts
British Virgin Islands   St. Lucia
Dominica   St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Grenada   Turks & Caicos Islands
Montserrat    

Country/territory: ANGUILLA
Date monitoring
established:
September, 1992
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
93, '94, '95, '96, '97
Main executing agency: Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources (DFMR)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Physical Planning Department (PPD), Anguilla National Trust (ANT). PPD and the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) are interested in having the database installed .
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
4 persons (DFMR) trained in field techniques, 1 person (DFMR) trained in data entry.
Database: Established at DFMR using version 2.2 of the BEACH software. Quarterly data sets exist for 35 sites in Anguilla for 1992 - 1997. Infrequent data sets exist for 6 sites in Prickly Pear Island and Sandy Island for 1994-1997. Back-up database stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: The main weakness is that only one person (from DFMR) is trained in computer data entry.
Assessment: Programme has a sound foundation. This is a territory where programme sustainability by the year 2000 is an achievable target. Training is required in data quality control, analysis and application. The database also needs to be established in PPD and MPW.

Country/territory: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Date monitoring
established:
October, 1991
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97
Main executing agency: Fisheries Division (FD)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Development Control Authority (DCA), Environment Division (ED). DCA is involved in the field monitoring. The DCA and the ED are interested in having the beach database installed.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
6 persons (5 from FD and 1 from DCA) trained in field techniques, 4 persons from FD trained in data entry, data quality control and data analysis.
Database: Established at FD, using version 2.3 of the BEACH software. The Antigua database consists of quarterly data sets for 42 sites from 1991 to 1997. The Barbuda data sets consist of quarterly measurements for 8 sites over the period 1995 to 1997. A manual has been prepared detailing the quality control and data analysis procedures and summarizing the data trends for all the sites in Antigua & Barbuda.
Back-up database stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: None
Assessment: Programme has a sound foundation. This is a country where programme sustainability by the year 2000 is an achievable target. Further follow-up is required regarding data analysis and support is needed to provide further training and to establish the database in DCA, ED and possibly MCW.

Country/territory: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Date monitoring
established:
February, 1989
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
(‘90-’93 Co-ordinator resident in territory), ‘94, ’96
Main executing agency: Conservation and Fisheries Department (CFD)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Town and Country Planning Department (TCPD), National Parks Trust (NPT), Survey Department (SD). SD are involved in assisting CFD in establishing permanent monuments for the reference points.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
3 persons (CFD) trained in field and data entry techniques.
Database: Established at CFD using version 2.1 of BEACH software. Quarterly datasets exist for 17 sites on Tortola, 10 on Virgin Gorda, 4 on Peter Island, 2 on Jost van Dyke, 3 in North Sound for 1989-1994. Data collection re-commenced in 1997. Permanent monuments are being established to mark the reference points. CFD plan to use more sophisticated instrumentation for monitoring, and are in the process of acquiring a theodolite.
Major problems: Monitoring was stopped in 1994 before the equipment for more accurate measurement was in place.
Assessment: The programme has a sound foundation. Further support is required regarding data analysis (data quality control, analysis and application). The database needs to be established in other agencies e.g. TCPD.

Country/territory: DOMINICA
Date monitoring
established:
August, 1987
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘88, ’89, ’90, ’91, ’94, ’95, ’96
Main executing agency: Forestry and Wildlife Division (FWD)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: ENCORE project of the Ministry of Agriculture was involved as an active partner until 1995. ENCORE project staff were fully involved in the field monitoring. However the ENCORE project is scheduled to end in 1998. The Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW) have expressed interest in the monitoring and having the database installed there.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
Six persons (2 from FWD and 4 from the ENCORE Project) were trained in field and data entry techniques.
Database: The first database from 1987-1991, although analyzed is not stored on computer (due to a system failure when files were lost). This database exists only as a paper copy. Since the programme was re-started in 1994, a database has not been permanently established in Dominica. Quarterly datasets exist for 23 sites for 1987-1991 and for 24 sites for 1994-1997, although these latter datasets have some significant gaps.
Back-up database for 1994 onwards, which is at present incomplete, is stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: There is a need to establish a permanent database at FWD.
Assessment: Considerable further training is required to make this programme fully sustainable, the first step must be to establish a computer database at the FWD. Other agencies e.g. MCW and the Physical Planning Division need to be directly involved in the programme.

Country/territory: GRENADA
Date monitoring
established:
August, 1985
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘86, ’87, ’88, ’91, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97
Main executing agency: National Science & Technology Council (NSTC)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Fisheries Division (FD), Lands and Surveys Division (LSD), Land and Water Resource Unit (LWRU), all are fully involved in the programme.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
8 persons (2 from NSTC, 2 from FD, 2 from LSD, 2 from LWRU) trained in field monitoring and data entry.
Database: Established at NSTC using version 2.1 of the BEACH software. Quarterly data sets exist for 42 sites for 1985-1991 and for 30 sites for 1993-1997.
Back-up database stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: None.
Assessment: Programme has a sound foundation. This is a country where programme sustainability by the year 2000 is an achievable target. Training is required in data quality control, analysis and application. The database also needs to be established in other agencies e.g. Physical Planning Department, Ministry of Communications & Works.

Country/territory: MONTSERRAT
Date monitoring
established:
February, 1990
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘92, ’94, ’95
Main executing agency: Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Environment (MATE)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Physical Planning Unit (PPU) are involved in using the data for beach management. PPU have expressed interest in having the database installed.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
2 persons from MATE trained in field monitoring and data entry. (The situation has changed since the volcanic crisis started in July 1995 and both these trained persons have left the island).
Database: Prior to the volcanic crisis it was established at MATE using version 2.1 of the BEACH software. At present the database is not housed on the island due to the resettlement of government departments after the abandonment of Plymouth. Quarterly datasets exist for 14 sites for 1990-1996. Monitoring stopped after October, 1996 due to volcanic crisis and resettlement in the northern third of the island.
Back-up database stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: The volcanic crisis has resulted in the main counterpart leaving the territory.
Assessment: This programme needs to be re-started since the information is required for beach management and aggregate supply in the northern third of the island where the remaining population now lives. Whether the programme can become sustainable in view of the small population size is unknown at the present time.

Country/territory: NEVIS
Date monitoring
established:
August, 1988
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘89, ’90, ’91, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97
Main executing agency: Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) and Physical Planning Department (PPD)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Fisheries Division (FD) are involved in the monitoring. The FD, Water Department and the Ministry of Communications and Works (MCW) are interested in having the database installed.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
7 persons trained in field techniques ( 5 from NHCS, 1 from PPD, 1 from FD). 4 persons (1 from NHCS, 2 from PPD and 1 from FD) trained in data entry. 1 person from PPD trained in data quality control and data analysis.
Database: Established at PPD, using version 2.3 of the BEACH software. A back-up database based on a Macintosh system exists at the NHCS. Quarterly datasets exist for 18 sites for 1988-1997. A manual has been prepared detailing the data control and analysis procedures and summarizing the data trends for all sites in Nevis.
Back-up database stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: Small population size and the inevitable gaps when persons go away for studies.
Assessment: Programme has a sound foundation. This is an island where programme sustainability by the year 2000 is an achievable target. Further follow-up is required regarding data analysis and support is needed to provide training and to establish the database in other agencies e.g. MCW.

Country/territory: ST. KITTS
Date monitoring
established:
December, 1991
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97
Main executing agency: Department of the Environment (DE)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Fisheries Division (FD), Southeast Peninsula Board (SEPB). FD is fully involved in the field analysis and data entry, the involvement of the SEPB has stopped since DE took over co-ordination of the programme in January 1997.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
6 persons (2 from DE, 2 from FD, 2 from SEPB) trained in field monitoring and data entry techniques.
Database: Database stored at FD and SEPB using version 2.1 of the BEACH software. No database yet established at DE although version 2.3 of the BEACH software is installed here and some training has been provided. Quarterly datasets exist for 15 sites on the mainland for 1991-1997, these are stored at the FD. Quarterly datasets exist for 20 sites on the peninsula for 1991-1996, these are stored at SEPB.
Back-up databases are stored at the UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: Fragmentation of the database between different agencies.
Assessment: This programme has the potential to become fully sustainable. However, firstly there is a need to consolidate the different databases at the DE and provide further training in the data entry to DE. The databases also need to be established at other agencies such as the Planning Department and the Ministry of Communications and Works.

Country/territory: ST. LUCIA
Date monitoring
established:
August, 1994
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘95
Main executing agency: Fisheries Department (FD)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
First degree
Other involved agencies: St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT), Soufriere Marine Management Area (SMMA) are involved in the field monitoring. Starting from January 1998, the Young Roteract’s Club will take over from the SLNT.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
8 persons (2 from FD, 4 from SLNT and 2 from SMMA) trained in field techniques, 2 persons from FD trained in data entry.
Database: Established at FD using version 2.1 of the BEACH database. Quarterly datasets exist for 18 sites for 1994-1996 (although with some data gaps). Monitoring suspended 1996-7 while an island-wide beach and mangrove baseline survey undertaken, monitoring to recommence January 1998.
Back-up database stored at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: Significant gaps in the database which make interpretation of trends difficult.
Assessment: This programme has the potential to become fully sustainable although with considerable further training. Database needs to be maintained on a regular basis and should be installed in other agencies such as the Ministry of Planning and Ministry of Communications and Works.

Country/territory: ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Date monitoring
established:
February, 1995
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
‘96, ’97
Main executing agency: Seismic Unit (SU) of the Ministry of Agriculture
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Non-degree
Other involved agencies: Planning Department (PD), Ministry of Health, (MH), Caribbean Schools Project (CSP) know about the monitoring programme but are not directly involved. A direct involvement with CSP is planned for the future.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
3 persons (from SU) trained in field techniques, 2 persons (from SU) trained in data entry.
Database: Established at Seismic Unit, using version 2.3 of the BEACH software. Quarterly datasets exist for 20 sites in St. Vincent for 1995-1997 (with some gaps) and one set of data exists for 16 sites in Bequia, for 4 sites in Palm Island and for 4 sites in Union Island for 1996.
A back-up database is stored at the UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: High transport costs due to archipelagic nature of the country
Assessment: This programme requires considerable further support to fully establish the field monitoring and data entry procedures.

Country/territory: TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Date monitoring
established:
July, 1995
Advisory visits
undertaken in:
’97
Main executing agency: Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR)
Education level of
chief counterpart:
Postgraduate degree
Other involved agencies: Department of Planning (DP) is fully involved in the field monitoring and data entry.
Persons trained in
beach monitoring:
3 persons (2 from DECR, 1 from DP) trained in field techniques and computer data entry.
Database: Established at DECR, using version 2.1 of the BEACH software. Annual datasets exist for 6 sites in Grand Turk for 1995-1997 and for 10 sites in Providenciales for 1995-1997.
Back-up database at UPR-SGCP.
Major problems: High transport costs due to archipelagic nature of the country.
Assessment: This programme requires further support to fully establish the field monitoring and data entry techniques.
                 
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