Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands

Coastal region and small island papers 5

   Foreword

Glimpses of the Blue Caribbean, in its shorter original version, was produced to serve initially as basic resource material for the first UNESCO Associated Schools Caribbean Sea Project (CSP) Environmental Education Workshop hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO and the Tobago House of Assembly, at Palm Tree Village, Tobago from 20 to 26 July 1998. It is expected, however, to have a life beyond the workshop and to be a valuable resource for schools participating in the CSP.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Caribbean Sea Project was launched in Trinidad and Tobago in November 1994 with the involvement of seven Caribbean territories: Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Netherlands Antilles and Venezuela. In 1996 at the 3rd Regional Meeting of National CSP Coordinators in Aruba the following countries came on board: Aruba (host country), Cayman Islands, Colombia, Saint Lucia and the Bahamas. Costa Rica joined the project in 1997. At the 1st CSP Environmental Education Workshop in Tobago, Barbados, Haiti, Guyana, Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis joined the project. The aim is, eventually to have schools in all territories washed by the Caribbean Sea, or possessing a Caribbean culture, actively involved in the project and with a heightened awareness of and appreciation for the resources and value of the Caribbean Sea and its coastal regions as well as for the culture of Caribbean people.

Joy Rudder, Consultant for the development of the present text, has provided teachers and students of the Caribbean with refreshing glimpses and different perspectives of the Caribbean Sea which everyone can enjoy and from which we can all increase our knowledge. It is hoped that with increased knowledge and more positive attitudes we will be better able to love and cherish the Caribbean Sea, to our own benefit and that of future generations.

This joint ASP/CSP-CSI publication contributes to the “Focus on the Caribbean” process launched by the Organization.

SANDRA GIFT
Sub-regional Coordinator, UNESCO Associated Schools (ASP) Project,
and
Regional Coordinator, Caribbean Sea Project

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