Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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4. PUBLIC AWARENESS AND EDUCATION

Within the framework of CSI, the COSALC project includes educational, social, cultural, economic and public awareness aspects of beach management.

For awareness activities to be successful they have to be sustainable, so the major goal within the project is to train ‘trainers’ on each island and to provide these ‘trainers’ with the necessary information and materials. During 1996 and 1997, the following materials were prepared and distributed:

When the beach disappears...
Why manage the beach?
Hurricanes: Minimizing the damage
Integrated beach management
New directions for sand mining
Cooperative approaches to beach management
Islands of sand: places of change
Sand dunes: temporary features of paradise

Besides these materials, other awareness information has been distributed to specific islands on request, e.g. in 1997 pre-recorded videocassettes were supplied to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada for use in their public awareness programmes. These included films on Hurricane Hugo, safe building for hurricanes, marine debris and a series of fifty short clips on environmental themes.

While most of the awareness activities are conducted by COSALC counterparts on each island, some specific activities were undertaken by the project coordinator during island visits in 1996 and 1997:

In 1997, pilot projects we re conducted in Anguilla and Grenada to assess ongoing awareness activities relating to beach management in those countries/territories. The major findings from this pilot project are:

Efforts have been made to get schools involved in the beach monitoring programme. Some success was achieved in Nevis through the programmes organized by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society. In Grenada in 1996, the Science Club of the Hillsborough Secondary School in Carriacou started to conduct the beach monitoring in that island. However, unfortunately this effort ceased in 1997 when the teacher involved in the activity left the school. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, COSALC is working with the UNESCO Caribbean Sea Project to get the students in two coastal schools involved in the beach monitoring.

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