26.07.2017 - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Enhancing oceanography capacities in Western African countries of the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem

Family Picture at the “The use of the CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” Hands-on Workshop

The hands-on workshop entitled “The use of the CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” showcased the results of the project "Enhancing oceanography capacities in CCLME Western Africa countries Phase II", with a focus on a brand new “CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” data analysis application.

“The use of the CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” workshop took place in the Centro Oceanográfico de Canarias of the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain) on 11-13 July.

Twenty-five participants from fourteen organisations attended the meeting, including experts from: Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Cabo Verde, Kenya, France and Spain. They were welcomed to the meeting by representatives of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the IEO, and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Participants tested the various tools embedded in the “CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” analytic application, a key expected result of the wider project. A major contribution to strengthening capacity building efforts in the Canary Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME) region, the “CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” was very well-received by the workshop participants. The application will be launched for the public in September 2017.

This is the second and last workshop programmed within the second phase of the project “Enhancing oceanography capacities on CCLME Western Africa countries", funded by the AECID and implemented by UNESCO’s IOC in partnership with the IEO.

The overall goal of the project is to improve our understanding of the oceanographic features and processes in the Canary Current LME region and to increase the delivery of services to end users. For so, the project relied on raising accessibility to existing ocean science data and developing a GIS dynamic analytic tool (the “CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer”) which is aimed to create meaningful data products at regional scale, adding value to raw data and producing new scientific knowledge on the ocean and coastal areas of the CCLME countries.

Beyond the “CCLME Eco-GIS Viewer” flagship deliverable, the project has also issued two reports (the IOC Technical Series 110 – including a second revised and expanded edition, and a third edition to be published in September 2017 –, and the IOC Technical Series 115). Several workshops were organised in the CCLME region to contribute to enhance the expertise and capacities of the scientific community.

For more information, please contact:

Itahisa Deniz-Gonzalez (i.deniz-gonzalez(at)unesco.org), for more information about the Project “Enhancing oceanography capacities on CCLME Western Africa countries”

Salvatore Aricò (s.arico@unesco.org), for more information about all ocean science activities and programmes of UNESCO’s IOC.

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