The ESCAP/UNEP/SACEP Intergovernmental Meeting on Capacity-building
in Coastal Environmental Management in the South Asian Seas Region was
held at New Delhi from 17 to 19 May 1994. The meeting was attended by
representatives of all the maritime States of the South Asian seas region:
Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. There were observers
from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agricultural
Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, \
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the International Maritime
Organisation (IMO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Intergovernmental
Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The meeting considered :
* The need for regional cooperation on identified and agreed
* Formulation of pilot projects in an implementable manner to
facilitate necessary research and planning on national level.
* The need for reshaping of the existing regional oil spill
* The importance of placing the Regional Seas Programme in a
* The particular relevance of coastal zone management to island
States for assessment of marine diversity.
* Setting up of protected area system and protection of coral
* The development of economic assessment methodologies for
coastal resources and activities.
* The development and application of socio-economic apprisal
* The need for an early adoption of the action plan for the South
* The need for capacity building and funding requirements
through Global Environment Facility especially as emphasised in Agenda
21 of Earth Summit.
* State of coastal and marine environment in the region and
national strategies and actions.