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    Interesting bits and pieces from UNESCO s Coastal and Small Islands group . . . ... SMALL ISLANDS VOICE ACTIVITIES UPDATE JANUARY 2004
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2004
      Interesting bits and pieces from UNESCO's Coastal
      and Small Islands group . . .


      >From: "Troost, Dirk" <d.troost@...>
      >To:
      >Subject: Small Islands Voice Activities Update for January 2004
      >Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 20:03:33 +0100
      >Status:
      >
      >Read about the issues concerning people who live
      >in small islands, based on opinion surveys in
      >the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions.
      >This and many other items are included in the
      >attached Small Islands Voice Activities Update
      >for January 2004. The Update also makes mention
      >of many other new island-based activities which
      >have been added to the Small Islands Voice
      >website since October 2003.
      >
      >Dirk G. Troost
      >
      >UNESCO
      >
      ><http://www.smallislandsvoice.org>http://www.smallislandsvoice.org
      >
      >
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      SMALL ISLANDS VOICE ACTIVITIES UPDATE
      JANUARY 2004
      www.smallislandsvoice.org

      1. UPDATE ON INTER-REGIONAL ACTIVITIES

      Preparations for the review of the Small Island
      Developing States Programme of Action: One of the
      objectives of Small Islands Voice is to feed in
      the views of the general public to the review of
      the Programme of Action for Small Island
      Developing States (SIDS). During 2002 and 2003
      opinion surveys designed to find out the general
      public's concerns have been conducted in Cook
      Islands and Palau in the Pacific, in Maldives and
      Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, and in St. Kitts
      and Nevis in the Caribbean. The combined results
      from these opinion surveys have been compiled and
      provide some interesting insight into the
      similarities and differences in the concerns of
      people living in small islands.

      The report from the SIDS regional preparatory
      meetings for the AIMS region (Atlantic, Indian
      Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) and the
      report from the SIDS regional preparatory meeting
      for the Caribbean region are available on the
      website.

      Prior to the regional Caribbean meeting, a civil
      society consultation was held in early October
      2003, and a statement was presented at the
      regional preparatory meeting in Trinidad and
      Tobago.

      In the AIMS region, a civil society consultation
      was also held in October 2003, supported by Small
      Islands Voice, and organised by the Centre for
      Documentation, Training and Research in the
      Southwest Indian Ocean. The Declaration of
      Calodyne Sur Mer was prepared during this
      consultation.

      Representatives from Mauritius, Palau and St.
      Vincent & the Grenadines presented different
      aspects of Small Islands Voice at the Global
      Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands held in
      Paris in November 2003. Civil society's concerns
      were presented by Mr. Pynee Chellapermal of
      Mauritius; the general public's perspective was
      presented by Ms. Tiare Holm of Palau; and
      Caribbean youth initiatives were presented by Mr.
      Herman Belmar of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

      In December 2003, Small Islands Voice was
      represented by Mr. Mitesh Mudalier of Live and
      Learn, Fiji, at the workshop on 'Capacity
      development for sustainable development in SIDS:
      building partnerships for environmental
      protection, education, public awareness and
      training'. The output of the meeting will provide
      an important contribution to the inter-regional
      meeting of SIDS to be held in the Bahamas,
      26-30th January 2004.

      Interregional collaboration - youth ambassador
      from the Caribbean visits the Indian Ocean: In
      November, 2003, Mr. Samal Duggins, a youth
      ambassador from St. Kitts and Nevis visited
      Seychelles to meet with youth representatives,
      government officials and other individuals in
      Seychelles to further the goals of Small Islands
      Voice.


      Small Islands Voice Global Internet Forum:
      Discussion on the fifth key item 'Increasing
      crime and violence in the Caribbean islands' has
      now been completed. A complete compilation of all
      the substantive messages on crime and violence
      has been placed on the website, as well as a
      quantitative summary of the outcome of the
      discussion. To read ongoing discussions on the
      sixth key item 'Exporting bottled water from St.
      Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean' and the
      seventh key item on 'Future development options
      in Aitutaki, Cook Islands, Pacific' go to the
      forum itself at http://www.sivglobal.org

      Small Islands Voice Youth Internet Forum: The
      second phase of the youth forum concluded in
      November 2003 with an article by a student from
      the Maldives entitled 'Living in a small island -
      boon or bane'? (with username view and password
      only). Other recent articles had covered a
      variety of subjects, including health issues in
      Mauritius, lack of jobs for school leavers in
      Maldives, gang violence in Dominica, and
      alternative uses for fish products in the San
      Andres Archipelago. All the articles and the
      discussion may be viewed at
      http://www.sivyouth.org (with username view and
      password only). Photographs of the students from
      Nikao Maori Primary School in Rarotonga, Cook
      Islands who participate in the forum are now
      available on the website.

      An assessment of phase 2 of the internet-based
      youth forum is underway with island coordinators,
      teachers and students and it is anticipated that
      a new phase of the forum will commence in
      February/March 2004 with a focus on youth input
      to the Programme of Action for SIDS.

      Two islands in the Indian Ocean are turning the
      youth internet-based forum into specific action
      on the ground. Students from Seychelles are
      visiting students in the Maldives in January
      2004, to learn about each other's countries and
      to develop a joint activity, which can be
      undertaken by youth in the two countries.

      Young islanders' activities: School students and
      other youth are playing an increasingly important
      role in Small Islands Voice. A special section
      of the website is devoted to providing links to
      young islanders' activities that are being
      conducted within the framework of Small Islands
      Voice. These are listed by island and have all
      been updated since the October 2003 version of
      the Small Islands Voice Activities Update.
      2. UPDATE ON ISLAND-SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

      CARIBBEAN REGION

      Bahamas

      During 2003, The Bahamas expressed their interest
      to get involved in Small Islands Voice, and as a
      result they are the newest country to join the
      initiative. A short description and map of the
      archipelago is available on the website. A
      coordinating committee for Small Islands Voice
      has been established and they will shortly be
      commencing various activities including an
      opinion survey; training workshops in print, TV
      and electronic media; and public forums. A
      student from Hope Town Primary School in Abaco
      participated in the inter-regional Sandwatch
      workshop held in Dominica in July 2003, and other
      students from Hope Town Primary School have been
      participating in the Small Islands Voice
      internet-based youth forum.

      Dominica

      Internet connections have been established for
      the multi-media centre in Dubique so that members
      of the community including youth can now benefit
      from the worldwide web. Students from Marigot
      Secondary School submitted an article on 'Gang
      violence' (with user name view and password only)
      to the Small Islands Voice internet-based youth
      forum.

      St. Kitts and Nevis

      In November, 2003, Mr. Samal Duggins, a youth
      ambassador from St. Kitts and Nevis visited
      Seychelles to meet with youth representatives,
      government officials and other individuals in
      Seychelles to further the goals of Small Islands
      Voice. Samal's creativity in music, art and essay
      writing has already earned him several awards and
      acclaim within and outside his own country.

      St. Vincent and the Grenadines

      Mr. Herman Belmar from Bequia participated in the
      Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
      held in Paris in November 2003 and presented a
      paper on Caribbean youth initiatives. During the
      visit to Paris, he assisted in the forward
      planning of Small Islands Voice activities in
      2004 and beyond.

      A topical issue in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
      during the end of 2003 centred on the decision to
      develop a cross country road or to focus
      restricted resources on airport development, as
      well an insightful editorial on the same subject.

      The recently concluded discussions on the Small
      Islands Voice Global Forum concern a controversy
      over the export of bottled water from St. Vincent
      and the Grenadines.

      San Andres Archipelago

      In August 2003, eight young people from the San
      Andres Archipelago participated in the First
      World Youth Summit on Sustainable Development
      held in Catagena, Colombia, and wrote about their
      experiences.

      Training workshops on internet management and
      project management, held in September 2003,
      provided youth with leadership skills in the San
      Andres Archipelago. Future workshops on
      creativity are planned.

      Youth in the San Andres Archipelago are producing
      environmental newsletters and radio programmes. A
      student from Centro de EducaciĆ³n Media
      Diversficada (CEMED), San Andres Island, prepared
      an article on the alternative use of fish
      products (with username view and password only)
      for the Small Islands Voice internet-based youth
      forum.

      INDIAN OCEAN REGION

      Maldives

      A detailed opinion survey covering 10% of the
      population of Eydhafushi was conducted in July
      2003 and the full report on the survey is now
      available as well as highlights from the survey.

      Two islands in the Indian Ocean are turning the
      Small Islands Voice internet-based youth forum
      into specific action on the ground. Students from
      Seychelles are visiting students in the Maldives
      in January 2004, to learn about each other's
      countries and to develop a joint activity, which
      can be undertaken by youth in the two countries.

      A student from Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Education
      Center, published an article on the Small Islands
      Voice youth internet forum in November 2003 on
      'Living in a small island - boon or bane'

      Mauritius

      A consultation with civil society on key items in
      the Barbados Programme of Action was held in
      Mauritius, 3-5th October 2003. This was organised
      by the Centre for Documentation, Research and
      Training on the South West Indian Ocean. Major
      groups such as trade unions, women's groups,
      youth movement, fishermen associations, small
      planters association, civic and community based
      organisations were invited, as well as
      representatives of Government, the private sector
      and regional organisations. A summary report on
      the consultation is now available as well as the
      main outcome of the consultation - the Calodyne
      Sur Mer Declaration. Press coverage of the
      workshop in Le Mauricien and Business Magazine
      Ltd is also available on the website.

      Mr. Pynee Chellapermal from the Centre for
      Documentation, Training and Research in the
      Southwest Indian Ocean participated in the Global
      Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands held in
      Paris in November 2003 and presented a paper on
      Civil society's concerns. During the visit to
      Paris, he assisted in the forward planning of
      Small Islands Voice activities in 2004 and beyond.

      Seychelles

      In November 2003, students from Anse Royale
      Secondary School constructed a beach barrier to
      protect the beach environment at one of the local
      beaches.

      In November, 2003, Mr. Samal Duggins, a youth
      ambassador from St. Kitts and Nevis visited
      Seychelles to meet with youth representatives,
      government officials and other individuals in
      Seychelles to further the goals of Small Islands
      Voice.

      Two islands in the Indian Ocean are turning the
      Small Islands Voice internet-based youth forum
      into specific action on the ground. Students from
      Praslin Secondary School in Seychelles are
      visiting students in the Maldives in January
      2004, to learn about each other's countries and
      to develop a joint activity which can be
      undertaken by youth in the two countries.


      PACIFIC REGION

      Cook Islands

      Every Saturday in 2003 sees a special youth
      section in the Cook Islands News, sponsored by
      Small Islands Voice and The Rarotonga
      Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP). This
      page is called 'Small Islands Voice -- Cook
      Islands' and it features stories, articles, poems
      and drawings produced by youth in the Cook
      Islands. A selection of contributions from
      Titikaveka College, Avarua School and Nukutere
      College is available on the website. As another
      example of creativity among young people in Cook
      Islands, students from Nikao Maori Primary School
      performed a dramatic production of Paikea in
      2003, this is also the subject of the movie
      'Whale Rider'.

      In November 2003, a workshop to introduce the
      Sandwatch project to teachers in Rarotonga was
      conducted, and work is underway to start a Cook
      Islands Sandwatch project in 2004.

      A student from Nukutere College, Ms. Tania Rakei,
      received an award from the Regional Unit for
      Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific
      for her essay on 'Leading a good life amidst
      temptation'. Tania has also participated in the
      Small Islands Voice internet-based youth forum.
      Photographs of the students from Nikao Maori
      Primary School in Rarotonga, Cook Islands who
      take part in the forum are now available on the
      website.

      Small Islands Voice gratefully acknowledges the
      dedicated work of Mr. Bruce Gray of REAP in
      coordinating the initiative during 2002-2003, and
      wishes him well in future endeavours. The
      Taporoporoanga Ipukarea Society (TIS) has agreed
      to take over coordination of Small Islands Voice
      in the Cook Islands.

      Several interesting newspaper articles have been
      added to the website, these include a
      telecommunications sharing arrangement between
      French Polynesia and Cook Islands, the opening of
      the new airport runway at Aitutaki, and water
      quality issues in the Rarotonga lagoon. The
      various options for development in Aitutaki
      following the opening of the new airport runway
      are currently being discussed on the Small
      Islands Voice global forum
      http://www.sivglobal.org

      Fiji
      In December 2003, Small Islands Voice was
      represented by Mr. Mitesh Mudalier of Live and
      Learn, Fiji, at the workshop on 'Capacity
      development for sustainable development in SIDS:
      building partnerships for environmental
      protection, education, public awareness and
      training'. The output of the meeting will provide
      an important contribution to the inter-regional
      meeting of SIDS to be held in the Bahamas,
      26-30th January 2004.
      Palau
      Ms. Tiare Holm from Palau participated in the
      Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
      held in Paris in November 2003 and presented a
      paper on 'The general public's perspective on
      issues and inputs to Mauritius 2004'. During the
      visit to Paris, she assisted in the forward
      planning of Small Islands Voice activities in
      2004 and beyond.
      Ms. Holm, who is the Assistant Director of the
      Palau Conservation Society, is also coordinating
      Small Islands Voice activities in Palau together
      with Mr. Joe Chilton of the Palau Community
      College.

      (If you have received this 'Small Islands Voice
      Activities Update, January 2004' as a printed
      paper version, and would like to receive an
      electronic version with the hotlinks, please send
      an e-mail to gilliancambers@... or
      c.green@...)




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