Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
CSI info 6
6. PROJECT DIRECTIONS 1998-1999
The major focus of the project in 1998-1999 is to further develop activities in the three main programme areas: institutional strengthening, public awareness and the socio-cultural domain.
Given sufficient funding, the major focus is on the goal of making the beach monitoring programmes completely self-sufficient in at least half of the countries/territories involved in COSALC. This is perceived as the most critical element of the entire project. This will involve re-writing the BEACH software and expanding it to include data quality control and data analysis functions. Assistance will also be given in helping to apply the beach monitoring databases to coastal planning in the islands.
In addition, the islands are being
assisted in the adoption of wise beach management practices, such
as coastal development setbacks. This involves specific projects
in some of the countries/territories to design and implement new
coastal development setbacks for their beaches.
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In the awareness field a future approach may be to provide training in the preparation of video features on beach management. Such a training approach could be through regional or national workshops and would bring together people from the project, other environmental agencies, NGOs, government information services and local TV stations.
In the socio-cultural domain, it is proposed to test the beach change index in other COSALC countries and to continue to work with regional agencies to promote its use and reporting on an annual basis. This activity works towards the goal of making the beach monitoring programmes fully self-sufficient.
The geographic scope of the project will be expanded in 1998-99 to include the United States Virgin Islands. Discussions are also taking place with the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine in Haiti and it is hoped that a monitoring programme on the west coast of Haiti will be started.