01/07/2014 PERSGA: Participation in the Forty-seventh Executive Council meeting of the IOC

The Forty-seventh Executive Council meeting of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) was held over the period 1-4 July 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Many important topics were discussed during the meeting. These included a review and approval of the reports concerning early warning systems and preparedness for potential new tsunamis in the Pacific, Caribbean, North-Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean seas.

The Council also discussed the recent scientific report on the oceans, and planning for the implementation of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2). The implementation of the  IIOE -2 is planned for the period  2015-2020.

It has been agreed that a research plan to conduct the survey will be prepared by the Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research (SCOR) in cooperation with the Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS),  An Interim Planning Committee (IPC) has been established to prepare the initial plan for the expedition. The term of reference for the (IPC) have been approved. The expedition plan is to be presented to the 28th Assembly of the IOC, scheduled for next year.

PERSGA submitted a proposal for cooperation to the IOC. The proposal included aspects of technical cooperation between PERSGA and the Commission in various fields such as the development regional capacity, early warning systems, micro-plastics, Blue Carbon and biodiversity. Also, PERSGA expressed its interest to participate - as one of the inter-governmental organizations that partner with the Commission - in the implementation of the planned expedition (IIOE-2).

The proposed joint activities are considered as modalities to activate the Memorandum of Understanding signed between PERSGA and the Commission in 1991, and to strengthen cooperation and partnership between IOC and PERSGA.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden