11.10.2004 -

"Exit from the Labyrinth"

This is the name of a brochure prepared and published by a collective of authors from the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU) under the initiative and support of the UNESCO Coastal Regions and Small Islands platform (CSI) and the UNESCO Moscow Office.

Authors invite readers to visit northern labyrinths – cultural monuments of the late Palaeolithic Era, built about four thousand years ago, on the coast of the White Sea soon after the passage of a glacier (see figure). Furthermore, as the brochure suggests, the complex mutual relations among the various users of nature in the coastal zone of northern seas also remind of the confusing shape of a labyrinth. From it, authors see an output in the development of methods of complex management in coastal zones (CMCZ).

The brochure acquaints the reader with the basic results of a UNESCO pilot project conducted by RSHU: " Steady development of a coastal zone on the White and the Barents Seas ", and also with data from research expeditions and the methodological developments gained by RSHU during the course of other projects, such as:

(1) " Positive experience of sustainable development of coastal zones " (WiCoP-EUROPE) programs of interuniversity cooperation of UNESCO / UNITWIN;

(2) " The Baltic Floating University " (Northern component) UNESCO / IOC;

(3) " Optimisation of the attitudes of natural resources management in the coastal zones of the Russian Federation and analysis of the efficiency of maritime activities of the country "; Subprogram " Research of the nature of World ocean "; Federal Target program "World Ocean";

(4) Regional project " The White Sea "; Federal Target program "World Ocean".

The pilot project presented in the brochure is one of the first experiences of CMCZ methods in the Russian Federation. The project is wholly detailed in the brochure: its purposes and problems, its methodology and features of design technologies (for example, the construction of matrixes of influence of the various users of nature in a coastal zone and their interactions among themselves), the basic works under the project and stages of its realization, from pre-design initiatives through a pilot stage and a stage of expansion, project monitoring (with participation of experts of UNESCO), to the realization of UNESCO recommendations and preparation of new projects using the saved up positive experience. The basic results of the project are discussed, regional features of the CMCZ methods are described and the general educational outcome of the CMCZ program is shown. Of particular practical interest is the Strategic plan for development of the CMCZ system in Kandalaksha Bay in the Appendix. The CMCZ methodology described in the brochure presents not only regional, but also general interest.

The brochure can be ordered by email at: shilin(at)rshu.ru

Or by regular mail for a printed copy:

Plink, N.L. Shilin, M.B.

Russian State Hydrometeorological University

195196 Saint Petersburg Russian Federation

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