Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI) is an organization dedicated to sustainable development that is environmentally sound, socially equitable and culturally respectful. Studies and field reports from coastal areas all over the world are available by region on their website. For example, in the Caribbean section, one could read field reports about “Monitoring beach changes as an integral component of coastal management”. There is also information regarding ways to slow down beach erosion which is especially important in areas impacted by hurricanes.

CSI is part of the UNESCO website which helps facilitate coordination among agencies and field offices all over the world. The internet-based discussion forum includes approximately 19,000 recipients world-wide from various specialties and interests. The site is available in Spanish, French and English. The publications section offers a list of articles, documents, posters and publications centered on the theme of wise coastal practices. The cost of delivery of the publications is free and many of the documents are available in .pdf format to download and available in many languages.

Another important theme of CSI is Youth Visioning. The intent of Youth Visioning is to empower young people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to work toward sustainable living and development which would encourage capacity among island youth, give them voice and power in island matters and create positive change. The information found on this website could be very helpful to coastal and island volunteers in the youth, business and environment sectors.  So, volunteers, cruise this website and launch your projects!

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
-Joseph MacInnis