The Center serves as the Secretariat for the Global Web Service on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. The Global Web Service provides coverage of the "Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands," as well as hosts the "Global Web Service on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management." Details of these Internet services are provided below:

The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

Created at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002, the Global Forum aims to advance the interests of oceans-incorporating 72% of the Earth; coasts-the home of 50% of the world's population; and islands-43 of the world's nations are small island developing States which are especially dependent on the oceans. The Global Forum brings together ocean leaders from governments, intergovernmental and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to achieve the sustainable development of oceans, coasts, and islands.

The Global Forum website covers:
  • Global developments related to oceans, coasts, and islands, including the Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands held at UNESCO, Paris, on November 10-14, 2003.
  • Information on the preparatory process leading to the World Summit, including the official Prepcom meetings, the 2001 Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10, and the GPA Intergovernmental Review Meeting
  • Outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development
  • Periodic Global Forum newsletters

The Global Web Service on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICM)

The Global Web Service on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICM) is a web site devoted to developments and advances in ICM at the international, regional, and national levels. It includes information on:
  • Definitions of basic concepts in ICM
  • An overview of global and regional information on ICM
  • National profiles of what various countries are doing on ICM, with country contacts
  • The text of specific national coastal and ocean laws
  • Resources for ICM practitioners (International Guidelines, International Prescriptions, Education and Training, and Publications)
  • Links to relevant organizations and groups in the field

Organizing Partners

Professor Biliana Cicin-Sain
Director of the Global Web Service on ICM
Director, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716 USA
Tel: 1-302-831-8086; Fax: 1-302-831-3668

Dr. Miriam Balgos
Web Service Coordinator

Dr. Patricio Bernal
Executive Secretary
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNESCO
1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris, Cedex 15, France
Tel: (33) [1] 45683983; Fax: (33) [1] 45685812

Mr. Charles Ehler
Director, International Program Office
National Ocean Service, NOAA1305 East-West Highway
13th Fl. Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281 USA
Tel: 1-301-713-3078; Fax: 1-301-713-4263

Ms. Marea Hatziolos
Senior Coastal and Marine Resources Specialist
Environment Department, The World Bank
1818 H Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20433
Tel: (202) 458-5779; Fax: (202) 477-0568

Dr. Veerle Vandeweerd
UNEP/GPA Coordination Office
P.O. Box 16227 2500 BE The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 70 3114 465; Fax: +31 70 4356 648

Collaborating Partners

The following international, regional, and national organizations have given their commitment to generate materials for the ICM web service that are relevant to their region, country, and expertise. Their contributions are invaluable in providing timely inputs to various areas covered by the ICM global web service. Contributions include news on developments in ICM at international, regional, and/or national levels. Experts from these organizations will also be providing reports on ICM problems and case studies.


Mediterranean and Black Sea

Western Europe

West Africa

South Asia

East Asia

North America

Caribbean and Latin America


Publishing Partner

Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy
301 Robinson Hall, University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 USA
Phone: 1-302-831-8086; Fax: 1-302-831-3668
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