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Date:5/5/2009

n Albert Sanchez-Cabeza said. "We see that in certain countries environmental policies are working well, though not in others, and this should get them to thinking. The results that are now starting to be produced will influence decisions that would have a positive impact on the environment."

Building on Regional Collaboration

Project results to date are already beginning to have significant impact in other ways. In an effort to strengthen cooperation and synergies, the IAEA has established its relationships with key institutions in the Caribbean, particularly with UNEP and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). This would not only enable optimization of resources and efforts but would also help in the wider dissemination of the project's final results.

Several significant offshoots are also being realized from data gathered so far and the technical and analytical capability available in the region are enhanced, particularly in the use of nuclear techniques for environmental studies.

For example, a forthcoming IAEA project on the early detection and evaluation of the toxicity of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Caribbean region will benefit from work already done. Set to run in 2009, the four-year project will use the results, as well as capabilities already obtained by participating countries. Another offshoot will probably be a project in 2012, which will assess the effects of submarine groundwater discharge or waters coming from the continents on coastal pollution levels, using radon and radium to detect the phenomenon.

Project experts agree that the network established through this project, and the collaboration as well as technical capabilities that have been built in the past two years are what makes the project so special.

Dr. Joan-Albert Sanchez-Cabeza sums it up rather succinctly.

"From my point of view, the most important achievement is that we have 12 countries working together l
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Contact: Rodolfo Quevenco
r.quevenco@iaea.org
43-126-002-1287
International Atomic Energy Agency
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