21.07.2011 - SKNVibes / UNESCO-IOC

St. Kitts and Nevis to reinforce its capacity-building in oceanographic and climate change policy with IOC expertise

St. Kitts and Nevis intends to become a member of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), joining over 140 countries worldwide. The official notification was submitted to Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General and IOC Executive Secretary, on 27 June during the IOC Assembly.

The Federation’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr David P. Doyle, noted that “by integrating St. Kitts-Nevis into the IOC framework we gain aid and advice from leading policy experts in the reduction of risks from tsunamis, storm surges, and other coastal hazards through the development and implementation of adaptation measures to strengthen the robustness of the highly vulnerable coastal communities, the associated infrastructure and the ecosystems”.

Over time, St. Kitts-Nevis should become a member of the Intergovernmental Coordinating Group for the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (CARIBE EWS).

IOC has pioneered development of networks of Tide Gauges, which confirm tsunami heights, arrival times at coastal locations, and validate tsunami inundation models. Additional techniques such as DART Buoys that confirm tsunamis and real time forecasting of tsunamis are also available, as well as access to geophysical instrumentation, GPS, and hydroacoustic sensors.

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