URI Coastal Resources Center awarded
$10.2 Million Grant
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 28, 2000 -- The Coastal Resources Center
(CRC) at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography
has been awarded a $10.3 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID), extending the agency's cooperative agreement with the
University. The announcement was made Tuesday by U.S. Senator Jack Reed
and Congressman Bob Weygand.
The Coastal Resources Center, located at URI's Narragansett Bay campus,
has been working to advance coastal management worldwide since 1971. It
was created by an executive decree by Governor Frank Licht, and helped develop
Rhode Island's coastal management program, one of the first in the nation.
"The extension of this agreement with USAID is a testament to the
success of this international partnership and program," said URI President
Robert L. Carothers. "It's a plus for URI and the state, and it recognizes
the success the center has had in helping people improve their quality of
life, while preserving and protecting their environment. We are very grateful
for Congressman Weygand's and Senator Reed's support and leadership on this
important URI program and international environmental issue," he added.
In making the announcement, Sen. Reed commented: "Through proper
management of coastal resources, Rhode Island has become a model for maintaining
the delicate balance between the environment and economic development. With
these funds, the URI Coastal Resources Center will continue to play a major
role in helping other nations to protect and preserve their fragile coastal
environments for future generations."
"Rhode Island is tangible proof of proper coastal management. It
is critical that the University share its knowledge with other countries
throughout the world so that the global community may share our commitment
to coastal preservation," said URI alumnus Congressman Weygand.
In addition to its ongoing work in Rhode Island and the United States,
through its collaboration with USAID the Center has been involved in developing
international coastal management programs since 1985. Early pilot projects
were carried out in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Ecuador. The CRC is currently
working on USAID-funded coastal management initiatives in various areas
including: Indonesia, Mexico, and Tanzania.
"It is rewarding to receive this show of confidence in the Coastal
Resources Center's ability to create successful coastal management programs
in sites from Asia to Africa to Latin America," said Stephen Olsen,
director of CRC. "We have not only been able to influence major national
policy decisions, but what is most exciting and gratifying is to help people
who live along the coast to benefit from the resources in their own backyards.
The tradition of local environmental stewardship we have come to admire
here in Rhode Island is now being developed on a global scale."
USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall
foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State and works in partnership
with private volunteer organizations, indigenous organizations, universities,
American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other
U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more that
3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.
The agency works to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives and achieve sustainable
development in: economic growth and agricultural development; population,
health and nutrition; environment; democracy and government; education and
training; and, humanitarian assistance.
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