Technical Guides and Other Publications

Since the early 1960s, many documents and other publications relating to coastal and marine resources have been published by UNESCO, though such series as IOC Information Documents Series (launched in 1961, over 1,200 documents to date), IOC Technical Series (launched in 1965, some 70 to date), Technical Papers in Marine Science (67 papers from 1965-1994), Monographs on Oceanographic Methodology (launched in 1966, 11 to date), CSI Coastal region and small island papers (launched in 1996, 21 to date), etc.

Many of the more recent publications can be accessed through the web-sites of the sponsoring units and programmes, which also provide information on out-of-series publications. Some examples follow.

  • Bridging the Gap between the Rights and Needs of Indigenous Communities and the Management of Protected Areas. Case Studies from Thailand (2007).Presents case studies on Surin Islands National Marine Park and the Moken, and Tarutao National Marine Park and the Urak Lawol. Produced by UNESCO-Bangkok, and published as Coastal region and small island papers 22.  
    Narumon Arunotai, Supin Wongbusarakum and Derek Elias
    64 pp.

  • Coastal Land Tenure: A Small-Islands’ Perspective (2002
    Drawing on case studies from Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles and Thailand, wise practice agreements are proposed as a way of reducing conflicts in access and use rights.  
    Gillian Cambers, Annette Muehlig-Hofmann and Dirk Troost
  • Coasts of Haiti: Resource Assessment and Management Needs (1997)
    Based on a seminar held in Petionville (Haiti) in December 1996.  
    39 pp.

  • Coping with Beach Erosion (1998)
    Practical guide for beach users, builders, homeowners and other coastal stakeholders.   
    Gillian Cambers
    119 pp.

  • Coral Reef Protected Areas in International Instruments (2002)
    Consolidated list and standard-format description of coral reef sites which have protection under three instruments: natural sites under the World Heritage Convention, biosphere reserves under the MAB Programme and wetland sites under the Ramsar Convention.
    Compilation prepared under the aegis of Centre de Biologie et d’Écologie Tropicale of the University of Perpignan in France and the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement at Moorea in French Polynesia.
    For each protected area, regional and site maps are followed by information on geographic location, surface area and depth-altitude, date of establishment, physical features, climate, marine life, visitors and visitor facilities, scientific research and facilities, conservation management, problems, contact address and references. The 55 coral reef areas described include sites in Seychelles, Solomon Islands, US Virgin Islands.
    For further information, contact Bernard Salvat: bsalvat(at)  
    Bernard. Salvat, Jessica Haapkylä and Muriel Schrimm
    210 pp.

  • CSI (Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform) Publications
    A number of the publications produced within the Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) Platform contain information and material related to coastal and marine resources, including the series of
    • Coastal Management Sourcebooks
    • Coastal region and small island papers
    • CSI info
    as well as out-of-series publications, videos, posters, ...  

  • Development Plan. Marine and Coastal Environmental Plan for Bahrain (2001)
    Report prepared by the UNESCO Regional Office in the Arab States of the Gulf, for the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research.
    R.J.O. Perry, S.R. Britsch and A.J.M. Zainal  
    26 pp.

  • El Niño: Fact and Fiction (2000)
    Third volume in the IOC Ocean Forum Series, designed to make scientific knowledge on and understanding of the ocean-climate interface more accessible to the general public.  
    Bruno Voituriez and Guy Jacques
    140 pp.

  • Evolution of Village-Based Marine Resource Management in Vanuatu between 1993 and 2001
    Report on lessons learned from an initiative to promote voluntary management of the Trochus mollusc.  
    R.E. Johannes and F.R Hickey
    46 pp.

  • IOC Manual and Guides Series
    Several numbers of the IOC Manual and Guides series deal with coastal regions, including a methodological guide to integrated coastal zone management (No. 36, 1997, and No. 42, 2001), guidelines for vulnerability mapping of coastal zones in the Indian Ocean (No. 38, 2000), guidelines for the study of shoreline change in the Western Indian Ocean region (No. 40, 2000).

  • ‘Lois relatives a l’environnement côtier et à la pêche en Haïti’ (2002)
    Bilingual (Creole/French) presentation of Haiti’s fisheries and environmental laws as they relate to the present-day protection and management of coastal environments. Published as CSI info No. 13.  
    45 pp.

  • Manual on Harmful Marine Microalgae (2003)
    Provides guidelines to modern methods of sampling, identification, culturing, toxin analysis, monitoring and management of harmful marine microalgae. Published as Monographs on Oceanographic Methodology 11.  
    G.M.Hallegraeff, D.M. Anderson and A.D. Cembella (editors)
    793 pp.

  • Methodological Guide for the Elaboration of Vulnerability Maps of the Coastal Zones of the Indian Ocean (2000)
    IOC Manual and Guides 38. Proposes three main methodological principles and a five-step approach, drawing on case studies from Reunion and Mahé (Seychelles).  
    43 pp.

  • Monitoring Beach Changes as an Integral Component of Coastal Development (2003)
    Final report of the project on institutional strengthening of beach management capabilities in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Published as CSI info No. 15.  
    Gillian Cambers
    90 pp.

  • ‘Ocean & Coastal Management’ Special Issue on ICM Indicators
    Devoted to the role of indicators in integrated coastal management (ICM). Based on presentations at workshop cosponsored by IOC and the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Ottawa, 29 April-2 May 2002).
  • Oceans, Coasts and Islands at the World Summit on Sustainable Development and Beyond. Integrated Management from Hilltops to Oceans (2002)
    Revised post-Johannesburg version of a guide to oceans, coasts and islands at the WSSD and beyond, prepared by the Center for the Study of Marine Policy at the University of Delaware, UNESCO-IOC and UNEP.  
    42 pp.

  • People and Places: Pacific Island Approaches to Integrated Coastal Conservation and Sustainable Human Development (2001)
    Report by UNESCO-Apia of Second Meeting of ASPACO (Asia Pacific Co-operation for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources in Biosphere Reserves and Similarly Managed Areas) (Apia, Samoa, 7-10 November 2001).  
    94 pp.

  • Reference Guide on the Use of Indicators for Integrated Coastal Management (2003)
    First issue in a new IOC series on Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM), based on an international workshop organized in Ottawa (Canada) in April-May 2002. Twelve papers presented at the Ottawa workshop have been published in a double-issue of the journal Ocean & Coastal Management (Volume 46, Issues 3-4, pages 221-390, 2003).  
    127 pp.

  • Remote Sensing Handbook for Tropical Coastal Management (2000)
    Guidance on the capabilities and cost-effectiveness of the most widely used sensors for a range of coastal management applications and step-by-step advice on how to achieve various management goals. Linked to the Handbook is a computer-based remote sensing distance-learning module: Applications of Satellite and Airborne Image Data to Coastal Management.  
    Alasdair J. Edwards (editor)
    316 pp.

  • Seychelles: ‘Etude pilote de la cartographie des zones peu profondes de Mahé (Seychelles). Atlas’ (1998)
    Large A-3 format atlas of shallow near-shore waters in 21 zones along the coast of Mahé, with indications and accompanying descriptions on typologies, sensitivity, vulnerability and management recommendations. Collaborative effort of the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Transport, Regional Environment Programme and IOC.  

  • Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2002 (2002)
    Book published by the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences on behalf of a range of institutions taking part in the International Coral Reef Initiative. Includes an introductory review of coral bleaching and mortality during the period 1998-2002, as well as overviews of the status of coral reefs in individual SIDS.
    This third report on the status of the world’s coral reefs includes information from 36 individual SIDS: Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Bahrain, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Virgin Islands.  
    Clive Wilkinson (editor)
    378 pp.

  • Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2004 (2004)
    The 2004 version of this biennial overview of the world’s coral reefs documents how human activities continue to be the primary cause of the severe degradation of coral reefs worldwide. The report details many new initiatives aimed at reversing this degradation such as by conserving the biodiversity, the economic value and beauty of coral reefs. Eighteen of the 21 chapters report on the status of coral reefs in different regions of the world, including trends in individual SIDS.
    The two-volume report recognizes that the major stresses to coral reefs are: natural forces that they have coped with for millions of years; direct human pressures, including sediment and nutrient pollution from the land, over-exploitation and damaging fishing practices, engineering modification of shorelines; and the global threats of climate change causing coral bleaching, rising sea levels and potentially threatening the ability of corals to form skeletons in more acid waters.
    If reefs are to survive as our natural heritage, we need to act locally to reduce direct human impacts and, globally, to combat greenhouse emissions.  
    Clive Wilkinson (editor)
    557 pp.

  • Steps and Tools Towards Integrated Coastal Area Management: Methodological Guide (2001)
    No. 42 in the series of IOC Manuals and Guides, prepared with the support of the French National Committees for four of UNESCO’s intergovernmental science undertakings: IOC, IGCP, IHP and MAB.  
    Yves Henocque and Jacques Denis (editors)
    65 pp.

  • Technical Tools for Regional Seas Management: The Role of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) (2002)
    Article in the journal Ocean & Coastal Management (Volume 45, Issues 11-12, pages 777-796, 2002) by the head of the IOC-GOOS Project Office, Colin Summerhayes. Points addressed include GOOS as operational oceanography at the global scale, and strengthening the links between GOOS and UNEP’s Regional Seas programmes.

  • Traditional Knowledge and Management of Coastal Systems in Asia and the Pacific (1985)
    Papers presented at a regional seminar held at the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology for Southeast Asia. Jakarta (Indonesia), 5-9 December 1983. Edited by K .Ruddle and R.E.Johannes. Available on microfiche. Enquiries to UNESCO’s Archives and Micrography Section .

  • Wise Coastal Practices: Towards Sustainable Small-Island Living (2001)
    Results of a workshop held in Apia (Samoa) in December 2000, published as Coastal region and small island papers 9.
    119 pp.

  • Wise Practices for Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Small Islands (2002)
    Results of a workshop on ‘Furthering Coastal Stewardship in Small Islands’, held in Dominica in July 2001, published as Coastal region and small island papers 11.  
    69 pp.

  • Wise Practices for Coping with Beach Erosion (2002-2003)
    Series of ten illustrated coloured booklets on shoreline change in Caribbean islands, with individual booklets on Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda , Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Nevis, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Turks & Caicos Islands.  
    Each booklet combines generic and island-specific information, on such issues as natural and human forces that affect beach areas, national initiatives to monitor and manage changes, recommendations on wise practices for a healthy beach. A closing checklist of wise practices proposes such actions as positioning all new developments a ‘safe’ distance landward of the vegetation line, ensuring that the physical planning process is fair, equitable and transparent, and promoting the concept of coastal stewardship and civic pride.
    The series of booklets results from cooperation between UNESCO, the Caribbean Development Bank, governmental agencies and non-governmental bodies in participating countries.
    For further information and background see CSI papers 1, 5, 11 and 12 (
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