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Coastal Resources Center Awarded
$150,000 by UNOCAL Foundation

Narragansett, RI -- January 3, 2003 --The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography has been awarded $150,000 from the UNOCAL Foundation to carry out resources management work in Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. East Kalimantan is the Indonesia portion of Borneo. CRC has been working in Indonesia since 1995 through its partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Center serves as USAID's flagship for coastal management worldwide, and currently has several initiatives underway in Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, East Africa and Latin America.

"We are pleased that the UNOCAL Foundation wants to partner with us in a nation that has some of the richest and most diverse coastal resources in the world," said CRC director Stephen Olsen. "The pressure to exploit those resources for immediate benefit without considering the future is great. This support from UNOCAL will assist us in our ongoing work to use these resources wisely without bankrupting future generations."

UNOCAL is one of the world's largest natural gas and crude oil exploration and production companies in the world. It has a local office in East Kalimantan that is the location of CRC's current Balikpapan field site. The UNOCAL office in East Kalimantan will fund work in the region to build on the resources management work already being carried out by CRC's project and the local community. CRC will provide technical and financial management assistance to its coastal management team in East Kalimantan as it takes the lead in carrying out the on-the-ground work.

The goals of the work are twofold. First, is to strengthen a local environmental advocacy organization so that the group can themselves eventually take the lead in helping manage the local coastal resources. Second, it is to develop a strategic plan and take action to support community development and resources management in the East Kalimantan area.

CRC was created in 1971, and helped develop Rhode Island's coastal management plan, one of the first in the United States. In addition to its international initiatives, CRC works in Rhode Island and the U.S. to help people and coastal environments thrive.

For information: Chip Young, (401) 874-6630, cyoung@gso.uri.edu

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