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

   Guide to the Contents
Where are we?
  Catching a future vision from our past (Our Taino and Amerindian ancestors)
Seeing the many as one (The Caribbean Sea as a symbol of unity)
Beyond our blue waters (The Caribbean Sea as part of the world ocean)
Fiery earth currents (Plate tectonics)
Forged by fire, water and wind
From the sweltering latitudes (Global wind systems)
"Wind goes rippling the face of the deep..." (Ocean currents)
When there's trouble in the wind ... Strange weather - stranger names
Seasonal storms of the Caribbean Sea (Hurricanes and tropical storms)
Celestial bodies and the swirling earth (Tides and effects of the moon and sun)
Boiling seas and angry mountains (Tsunamis and volcanic activities)
Madman's dream or people's folly? Preventing a tsunami disaster
You take it from here (Further student activities)
Who are we?
Moulded by the sea (The seasí effects on our lives)
Those who came over the seas (Historical settlers from overseas)
Stories in stone (Sea fortifications)
People who taught the world to sing (Songs about the sea)
Watchers for whales and jumping fish (Artisanal fishing)
Island designs (Traditional boats)
Survivors on scattered shores (Boat building and marine transportation)
Lovers of winds and sails  (Boat races)
Merriment and music (Sea shanties)
Hosts to the world (Tourism)
Oil that troubles our waters (The oil industry)
Outclassed competitors (Threats from foreign industrial fishermen)
Users of the shifting shore: Caring for what we enjoy (Beaches and their uses)
Forces that sculpt the beach (Oceanographic processes, beach erosion and mitigation measures)
If you care about the beach ... Here's what you can do
Be careful to observe
Explore engineering options
Consider the environmental alternatives
Most of all - Keep community!
Gentle divers of an ancient sea (Anecdotal uses: Japanese women divers)
Pictures of the ocean (Linkages between human beings and the oceans)
You take it from here (Further student activities)
What do we have?
From a drop to a thousand fathoms (Microscopic life in the sea)
The tiniest sea creatures (Dinoflagellates)
Shrimp in the "flowers" and grasses (Sea anemones)
More than a spiderís web (Food chains and food webs)
Rooted to the sun (Photosynthesis and the food pyramid)
Links in the chain of life (Food chain)
Feasting at the banquet table
Eviction notice?
Munchers of the dead
Zones for specialised living
Misunderstood mangroves (Functions and value of mangroves)
Winged giants of the blue lagoon (Frigate birds)
A many sided giver
Short term vision
The beds where turtles feed (Seagrass beds)
The kingdom where coral reigns (Coral reefs)
Out in the open seas (Life in the deep ocean)
The darkening world below
Song for Ivor the diver
The beauty that is backdrop (Extinction of species)
A law that cares for life: The Convention on Biological Diversity
Sun, clouds or too much rain? Blanketing our earth with care (Climate Change Convention)
You take it from here (Further student activities)
What can be done?
Regulating our seas (International regulations)
Riding a new wave to change (Law of the Sea)
A critical Caribbean creation (Cartagena Convention)
Finding our own solutions
Netting the wastes out at sea (Prevention of Pollution from ships)
Help through research and learning (UNESCOís initiative on Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands)
The UNESCO Associated Schools Caribbean Sea Project
You take it from here (Further student activities)
What we want to happen
Glossary
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