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International Coastal Leaders in Month-Long Education Seminar at URI’s Coastal Resources Center, May 27-June 21

Narragansett, R.I. -- May 23, 2002 -- The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island will play host to 29 leading environmentalists from 18 countries from May 27 - June 21 for an intensive, month-long educational workshop, "The Summer Institute in Coastal Management." The seventh edition of the biannual Summer Institute will be held at the Coastal Institute at URI's Narragansett Bay campus, with field trips focusing on coastal management issues in Rhode Island scheduled throughout the seminar.

"It is a tribute to the work so many people have done in helping preserve and properly manage Rhode Island's coastal resources, from experts to concerned members of the public, that top professionals come here to gain from our wealth of experience," said Stephen Olsen, director of CRC. "The lessons learned during the Summer Institute will be put to valuable use by these coastal managers when they return to their home countries. What they learn at URI and CRC puts them in the forefront of professionals dealing with their nation's coastal issues, which range from the environment to human health. The Summer Institute also is a great way of promoting cooperation among people and nations around the world."

This year's attendees include participants from Canada, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Samoa, Tanzania and the United States. Coastal management has been recognized as a growing high-priority global issue, as it involves not only the environment, but also economic and social issues that impact the majority of the people in the world. By the year 2025, it is estimated that as much as three-quarters of the world's population as many people as on the earth today will live within 50 miles of the coast. Summer Institute instructors from URI and CRC - which helped develop Rhode Island's coastal program, one of the first in the U.S. - are complemented by national and international experts who will conduct forums and help train the participants using in-the-field, hands-on work, as well as classroom studies.

CRC, which was created at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography in 1971, serves as the U.S. flagship for coastal management worldwide through its global work with the U.S. Agency for International Development for more than 16 years. Current projects include those in Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania and throughout Central America, in addition to CRC's work in Rhode Island and the United States.

Contact: Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642, lcugini@gso.uri.edu.

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