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IOC Regional Sub-Commissions, Committees, Programme Offices and Project Offices

IOC Regional Sub-Commissions, Committees, Programme Offices and Project Offices

Regional Sub-Commissions

These regional subsidiary bodies of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission strengthen IOC-UNESCO’s presence and the implementation of its programmes in their region through targeted, decentralized activities, taking into account the specific interests and priorities of the Member States in their region.

IOC Sub-Commission for Africa and the Adjacent Island States (IOCAFRICA)
IOC-Africa supports the development and coordination of the Commission’s marine scientific and research programmes, ocean services, ocean observing systems, capacity development and related activities in the region by facilitating coordination among Member States from Africa and reinforcing national and regional institutions that will foster intra-regional cooperation in marine sciences. The Regional Committee for the Central Eastern Atlantic (IOCEA) and the Regional Committee for the Western Indian Ocean (IOCWIO) were disolved during the first session of IOC-Africa.

IOC Sub-Commission for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (IOCARIBE)
IOCARIBE is responsible for the promotion, development and co-ordination of IOC marine scientific research programmes, the ocean services, and related activities, including training, education and mutual assistance (TEMA) in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions.

IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)
IOC Western Pacific regional's task is to develop, co-ordinate and implement regional marine scientific research programmes, ocean observations and services, data and information management and capacity building.

Regional Committees

IOC Regional Committee for the Central Indian Ocean (IOCINDIO)
IOCINDIO is tasked with promoting regional and international cooperation, and coordinating the Commission’s regional programmatic activity based on the interests and priorities of Member States from the Central Indian Ocean. Activities include early warning and preparedness against tsunamis; sustained ocean observations via the Global Sea Level Observing System and the Indian Ocean component of the Global Ocean Observing System; data management and information exchange via IOC’s IODE; integrated coastal area management and marine spatial planning; and capacity building across the full spectrum of IOC programmatic areas.

Black Sea Regional Commission (BSRC)

Regional Programme Offices

Rio Regional Programme Office
The Rio Regional Programme Office oversees Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) pilot projects in the Tropical and South Atlantic; aides GOOS projects in the region; and organizes training, conferences and outreach activities.

Perth Regional Programme Office
The IOC Perth Regional Programme Office coordinates and facilitates the development and implementation of oceanographic science programmes and initiatives, as relevant to the balanced strategic and tactical scientific priorities of the Office’s three sponsoring Parties (IOC-UNESCO, the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology and the Western Australian State Government), across the full spectrum of the IOC programme areas with a focus on GOOS.

Project Offices

Caribbean Tsunami Information Center CTIC
Bridgetown, Barbados

Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) Argo Project Office (JCOMMOPS)
Brest, France
JCOMMOPS provides coordination at the international level for oceanographic and marine observations from drifting buoys, moored buoys in the high seas, ships of opportunity and sub-surface profiling floats. JCOMMOPS operates under the auspices of the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM).

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Project Office
Vigo, Spain
The IOC HAB Programme fosters the effective management of, and scientific research on, harmful algal blooms in order to understand their causes, predict their occurrences, and mitigate their effects. 

International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Project Office
Ostend, Belgium
IODE was established to enhance marine research, exploitation and development by:

  • facilitating the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, and
  • meeting the needs of users for data and information products.

Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC)
Jakarta, Indonesia
IOTIC under the IOC increases and strengthens awareness about Tsunami and assists the development of the Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS) in the region. It provides information services and ressources to assist local communities in preventing, preparing and mitigating measures for tsunami across the Indian Ocean region; supports capacity building and fosters research and field studies. 

Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAfrica)
Nairobi, Kenya
ODINAfrica enables member states to access data in other data centres worldwide, develop skills and infrastructure for manipulation, archival, analysis and dissemination of data and information products.

Omani National Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (NMHEWS)
Muscat, Oman
Since 2009, IOC-UNESCO is assisting the SUltanate of Oman to establish its National Multi-Hazard Early Warning System.

Strengthening Haitian Early Warning Services for Coastal Hazards
Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Although tsunami historical records provide evidence of the destructive impacts of tsunamis in Haiti, this hazard remains unknown by large segments of the population. Important progress has been achieved by UNESCO-IOC in educating the population about tsunamis as since 2010, UNESCO-IOC has supported the National System for Disaster Risk Management in Haiti (SNGRD) to integrate tsunami hazard in its agenda.

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