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Research Programme on Oceans, Coasts and Small Islands

About the Programme

The human interface with oceans can easily be categorized as negative - not only have we taken indiscriminately from the ocean for raw materials, food and transport, but have given back only pollutants and other dangerous toxins as waste back to the oceans.

The fragility of oceans, coasts and small island environments will make them one of the forefronts in understanding the impacts of climate change and other global chalenges. Such impacts are exacerbated by the fact that three out of five people living within 60 kms of a coast line, increasing the relative impacts. We therefore need to rethink the way in which we look at oceans, coasts and small islands.

The objective of this programme is to understand the role of oceans, coasts and small islands as "indicators" of how we are changing our environments.


oceasn, coasts, small islands, integrated coastal area management, runoff, marine pollution

Currently, GDRC is focussing on issues related to education for sustainability and ocean dumping [Oceans], beach erosion/nourishment [Coasts], and waste management [small islands].

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The Oceans, Coasts and Small Islands programme is part of
GDRC's Environment Sphere

GDRC Logo The Global Development Research Center (GDRC) is an independent policy think tank that carries out initiatives in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective.

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