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The phrase "sustainable development" may not seem to be an obvious fit for certain coastal regions and small islands, as development in these regions tends to be focused on tourism of the decidedly non-sustainable sort. Many of these areas are concerned about these trends, and working with UNESCO, they are growing more interested in creating policies that encourage sustainable development. As a statement on the site remarks, this program allows for the voices of small islands to be amplified and there is also the intention that indigenous knowledge will be mobilized for "equitable resource governance." On the site, visitors can learn about some of these initiatives, read about the hopes and aspirations of youth in these affected areas, and also read up on their field projects. These projects are well worth a look and they include underwater archaeology efforts in Alexandria, Egypt and plans to create sustainable livelihoods for fishers in Jamaica.
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