Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands

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The objective of this project was to ensure that existing beach-monitoring programmes are sustainable at the national level by providing capacity building and institutional strengthening through: 

The long-term objective was to ensure that the beach-monitoring activities (data collection, data analysis, data interpretation and data application) become completely self-sufficient (i.e. not requiring support from the COSALC project) in at least half of the countries/territories involved. 

The terms of reference for the project were as follows: 

  1. Convert existing beach change databases to the format developed by UPR-SGCP and UNESCO.  

  2. Check for errors and assess the data for quality control. 

  3. Prepare summary data tables. 

  4. Install converted and updated databases along with the new software (Beach Profile Analysis) at the offices of the main environmental counterpart agency. 

  5. Conduct sessions with individual staff on the use of the software to analyse the data and determine beach change trends at particular sites. Ensure competency with retrieving, updating and saving the database. 

  6. Assess training needs and develop and implement a training programme as follows:

  1. Design and develop a manual for utilization of the database. 

  2. Undertake a final visit to assess progress, address problems that may exist and provide any further assistance that may be required. 

  3. Undertake any additional tasks that may be required to complete the assignment. 

The project was divided into two phases.  The first phase which ran from 1 October 1999 to 30 April 2000 focused on items a to e and g, while the remaining items were addressed in the second phase (1 May 2000 to 2 February 2001).  


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