Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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INTRODUCTION

A workshop entitled 'Integrated Framework for the Management of Beach Resources within the Smaller Caribbean Islands' was convened at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagiiez, Puerto Rico, from 21-25 October, 1996. It was organized in accordance with the workplan of the Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) endeavour, approved by the 28th session of the UNESCO General Conference (November, 1995) and as a follow up to the endorsement by the Fifth Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, SC-IOCARIBE-V (Barbados, December 1995) of the regional Framework Strategy for Integrated coastal zone management. The workshop programme is given in Annex 1. and the list of participants in Annex II.

The workshop marked a decade of existence of the regional project on Coast and Beach Stability in the Lesser Antilles (COSALC). This project was initiated by UNESCO in the mid- 1 980s in response to a request from small island Member States for assistance with the serious problems associated with beach erosion, especially as it affects their vital tourist industries.

Furthermore the project had revealed that there was a wealth of local knowledge and experience relating to beaches, associated problems and management practices. Thus a major objective of this meeting was to exchange information, promote networking and facilitate and co-ordinate further planning.

The workshop was co-sponsored by UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, on the CSI platform; the Caribbean Development Bank; and the University of Puerto Rico and its Sea Grant College Program.

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