Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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Coastal region and small island papers 5


A debt of gratitude is owed to Marcia Riley, Acting Secretary-General, Trinidad and Tobago National Commission for UNESCO for facilitating the development of this material by convening and participating in meetings of the committee which provided valuable advice for the subject matter treated. Special thanks also go to Avril Siung Chang, Environmental Health Adviser at the Pan American Health Organization in Port of Spain for graciously lending her expertise for this project. I also wish to thank all members of the Content Committee for their invaluable input: Althea Maund and Maureen Clement Moe of the Trinidad and Tobago National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; Henry Saunders of the Ministry of Education and Susan Shurland Maraj of the Institute of Marine Affairs, both in Trinidad and Tobago.

The original (1998) manuscript was edited, for the present version, by the following scientists: Alexei Suzyumov, of UNESCO’s intersectoral endeavour on Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands (CSI) and Gillian Cambers, of the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program. Valuable assistance in the scientific revision was also provided by biologists George Grice and Ned Cyr, of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and by Douglas Nakashima, of CSI. The glossary and subject and location indexes, included herein, were prepared by Gillian Cambers. Revision and final adjustments to the layout were carried out by Eric Loddé.

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