In August 1992, at the initiative of His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, the first Royal Colloquium was held on Environment, Development and History.


"Awareness of the need for coastal zone management must be promoted at at all levels."

Moderated by Maurice Strong, the Colloquium focussed on the specific problem of Protecting Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Waters.

The Royal Colloquia were initiated to establish for, where scientists, politicians, and representatives of international development organizations and industry, can meet informally to discuss contraints and opportunities in the use of scientific knowledge for implementation of sustainable natural-resource management.

This initiative was timely. It followed the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which focussed strongly on the protection of coastal zones.

The projection of coastal zones was considered urgent, considering the multitude of threats to their sustainable productivity and biodiversity.

The Royal Colloquia were based on a broad approach that focused on the influence that management and policies in other sectors have on the ecosystems of the coastal zones.

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