07-April-2017: IODE-XXIV Summary Report available

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The report of the 24th Session of the IOC Committee on IODE is now available from download from

The Session was attended by 67 participants and was preceded by a one day scientific workshop.

The IODE Session adopted 4 decisions, 6 recommendations and 2 draft decisions for the upcoming IOC Assembly, including its work plan and budget for 2017 and 2018.


28-March-2017: IODE-XXIV starts in Kuala Lumpur


The 24th Session of the IODE Committee started today, after the 1-day scientific workshop on 27 March. Find the agenda or list of participants.

7-9 March 2017: Healthy Oceans, Resilient Islands

SIDS workshop group picture” width=Nearly 100 representatives of 35 Small Islands and Developing States (SIDS), scientists as well as representatives from the UN and EU, with a special interest and expertise in the BBNJ process were brought together at the IOC Project Office for IODE in Oostende and at the European Commission in Brussels during 7-9 March 2017. This workshop presented an opportunity to discuss capacity building needs and priorities of SIDS concerning the elements of a potential new UN Treaty to conserve and sustainably use marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ). The topics were transfer of technology, marine protected areas, environmental impact assessments and marine genetic resources. This workshop, co-organized by the Government of Belgium and UNESCO-IOC, was organized in light of preparing for the third Preparatory Committee meeting on BBNJ to be held next week 27 March to 8 April 2017 in New York.

Ambassador H.E. Mr Ahmed Sareer, Chair of the Alliance of Small...

21-24 February 2017: OTGA Steering Group meets in Ostend, Belgium

20170223_OTGA SG3_OstendThe third meeting of the Steering Group for the OceanTeacher Global Academy took place in Ostend, between 21-23 February 2017.
During this meeting the Regional Training Centres activities were assessed. The OTGA network of RTCs now includes Colombia, Senegal, Mozambique, Kenya, India and Malaysia, as well as Belgium. Three other RTCs (China, USA and South Africa) kept the Candidate status.
A new Candidate RTC joined the network: INIOAS (Iran) will organise an OTGA training course in 2017. This will be very important for the network as it covers an underrepresented region.
The Group agreed on the OTGA’s course calendar for the rest of 2017, which will be published soon on the IODE calendar/website. Some 20 courses are planned until the end of the year around the globe in 4 different languages.
Two new Co-Chairs were elected: Aidy Muslim from Malaysia and Harrison Onganda from Kenya. The final version of the 3rd OTGA SG Meeting will be made available soon.

The meeting included a one...

17-Feb-2017: Caribbean Marine Atlas partners adopt 2017 work plan

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The 2nd Session of the IODE Steering Group for the Caribbean Marine Atlas, 2nd phase was held in Cartagena, Colombia, organized by INVEMAR, the IOCARIBE and IODE Secretariats. The purpose of CMA-2 Project is sustainable operationalization of an online digital “Caribbean Marine Atlas” technology platform ( in support of Integrated Coastal Zone Management - ICZM (with special attention to: coastal hazards, climate change, biodiversity & habitats, fisheries, landbased sources of pollution) and Ecosystem-based Management for CLME. The Caribbean Marine Atlas Platform allows you to browse through an extensive catalogue of data “layers” on a wide variety of topics and to create maps based on one or more of these “layers”. The Session reviewed the current status of the online Atlas as well as of the submission of data (layers) by the participating countries [more]

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Upcoming Events

SPINCAM 3 - Kick off meeting
29 - 31 May 2017
Ciudad de Panama, Panama

AtlantOS Transatlantic Ocean Data Harmonization Workshop
7 - 8 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Curso Administración de Datos Biogeográficos Marinos (Contribuyendo al Uso de OBIS)
12 - 16 June 2017
Santa Marta , Colombia

Research Data Management Training Course
3 - 7 July 2017
Mombasa, Kenya

Curso de Manejo Integrado de Zonas Costeras y Planificación Espacial Marina / MIZC-PEM
11 - 13 July 2017
Santa Marta , Colombia

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