Capacity Development in Marine Science and Technology

Capacity building is an essential component of IOC’s mission. It enables all Member States to participate in and benefit from ocean research and services that are vital to sustainable development and human welfare on the planet.  The IOC undertakes relevant actions to assist Member States with developing and sustaining the necessary capacity to undertake activities necessary to achieve the IOC vision at the national level as well as at the international cooperation level. 

Training courses were organized on a wide range of topics, including: Marine GIS, Marne Atlas development, marine spatial planning and ocean forecasting and modeling. The African Summer School on the “Application of Ocean and Coastal Data and Modelling Products (April – September 2014) was organized by IOCAFRICA in collaboration with the Kenya Meteorological Services (Kenya), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), the University of Ghana (Ghana), the Applied Centre for Earth and Climate Sciences (South Africa) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

An artwork competition on the theme “Living Together with the Oceans” for children and youth (organized to mark the 2014 World Ocean Day and the African Day of Seas and Oceans) drew more than 250 entries and served to increase awareness of marine issues. A selection of about 70 pieces of the artwork have been published in the book “The Stories of Africa’s Oceans and Coasts – as told by its children and youth”. IOCAFRICA also sponsored African experts to participate in training courses on the application of remote sensing to coastal management (10-14 November 2014, Hyderabad, India) and Climate Modeling (3-14 November 2014, Qingdao, China) to further advocate for open data in science and technology for sustainable development. Four Regional Training Centres were established in 2014, within the framework of the Ocean Teacher Global Academy Project. 

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