Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The meeting was opened by Dr. Manuel Valdes Pizzini, Director of the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program.

Dr. Stuart Ramos Biaggi, Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, welcomed the participants to Puerto Rico. He highlighted the University's focus on scientific, cultural and political issues in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Dr. Manuel Valdes Pizzini informed the participants of the commitment of the Sea Grant Program to the conservation and wise use of marine and coastal resources. He emphasized that we are all in a constant process of learning about resource management and that workshops such as this one serve to widen our horizons.

Dr. Alexei Suzyumov, of UNESCO, thanked the University of Puerto Rico for hosting the workshop. He welcomed the participants from the Caribbean Islands and the participating organizations and informed them that the meeting also commemorated the 50th anniversary of UNESCO. This workshop represented a starting point with respect to the CSI theme of coastline instability.

Dr. Manuel Hernandez Avila, Director of the Research and Development Center, University of Puerto Rico Mayagiiez Campus, welcomed the participants and informed them that this workshop was a partial fulfilment of a dream whereby the University of Puerto Rico could work with the islands of the Caribbean to seek solutions to their coastal problems.

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