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IOC News - March 2018

This month: International Symposium on Advances in Tsunami Warning to Enhance Community Responses; Sea Change and #LovetheOcean Campaign; Republic of Korea contributes funding to kickstart UN Decade preparations; A closer look into the UN SDGs indicators; Mobilizing local knowledge to manage marine resources in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves; The impact of warming in the Southern Ocean floor; A plan to map the entire ocean floor by 2030; IOC Person of the Month: Ardito Kodijat, Head of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre.

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Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Welcome!

Dear friends of the IOC,



 



Our Symposium on Advances in Tsunami Warning to Enhance Community Responses (Paris, 12-14 February) celebrated the fact that almost fifteen years after the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami, the international community can now rely on four fully operating tsunami early warning systems covering all ocean basins. We assembled important ideas to better integrate early warning science and the emergency-response community to continue saving lives and protecting infrastructure.



 



Yet February was also about expressing why we #LovetheOcean. Through bustling social media activity and the celebratory conclusion of our ocean literacy EU H2020 project “Sea Change”, we reaffirmed the importance of ocean and science education to saving the ocean and managing its resources sustainably.



 



Let me conclude by expressing our deepest thanks to the Republic of Korea for a major financial and in-kind contribution to kick-start preparations for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.



 



See you next month!

Advances in Tsunami Warnings

Since 2000 more than 11 million people have been affected by tsunamis and over 250,000 people have lost their lives. According to a recent international gathering of experts, achieving progress on reducing mortality from tsunamis cannot be achieved unless more is done to reduce response times to tsunami alerts and to improve measurement of wave heights. The Symposium on Advances in Tsunami Warning to Enhance Community Responses (12-14 February) was hosted by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) to discuss the latest developments in tsunami early warning research and technologies to better protect millions of people at risk of tsunamis.



Read more or listen to what some experts had to say







In the media:



TV5 Monde - Journal International

Sea Change & #LovetheOcean

The #LovetheOcean campaign was launched to rebalance our relationship with the ocean and show our appreciation by pledging to take real action each day, sharing our pledges and actions online, and tagging them with #LovetheOcean. The campaign coincided with the final conference of the EU Horizon 2020 funded Sea Change project on 15 February 2018 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, concluding three years of empowering and educating citizens to take action for our ocean.

Republic of Korea to contribute resources for UN Decade of Ocean Science

Barely a month after the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the Republic of Korea announces a contribution of nearly US$230,000 to support preparations and enhance efforts to monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 14 – to conserve and sustainable use the ocean and its resources. The Korean contribution comes in the form of both financial and human resources to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UN body responsible for coordinating UN Decade of Ocean Science preparations between now and the official kick-off date, 1 January 2021. 



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In the media:



News Press Agency

Keeping track of sustainable development on the road to 2030

When the 195 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”, they also agreed that they needed an effective way to track progress and monitor how close each year we get to achieving the 2030 agenda goals. The indicator framework is a management tool to help countries develop implementation strategies, allocate resources, and ensure the accountability of all stakeholders for achieving the SDGs. For UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), this new framework constitutes an essential point of reference to help its Member States develop concrete policies to carry out SDG 14 to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources”.



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Visit our SDGs and the Ocean webpage!

Local knowledge for sustainable use of marine resources

Through the AQUACROSS Horizon 2020 Project, we teamed up with UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) to assemble and train local actors of the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) - Morocco and its area of influence. While encouraging local stakeholders to conserve and sustainably use the area’s marine resources, our workshops brought together two territories that, despite geographic division, share various aspects of their natural and cultural heritage.



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In the media:



Radio Televisión Tarifa (from minute 14:19)



 



Visit the AQUACROSS Project webpage!

More losers than winners in a century of future Southern Ocean seafloor warming

A study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more ‘losers’ than ‘winners’ over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study published on Nature journal was based on data from IOC’s Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).



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Visit the OBIS website!



Visit the original Nature article

Project to map ocean floor by 2030 now operational

Set to map the entirety of the global ocean floor by 2030, the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project has started operations, based on a seed money pledge of US$2 million-per-year from the Japan-based Nippon Foundation. Officially launched during the United Nations Ocean Conference (5-9 June 2017) in New York, the project draws on the experience of international organizations and mapping experts under the coordination of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).



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IOC Person of the Month: Ardito M. Kodijat

Ardito M. Kodijat is Head of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre (IOTIC) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). He works with the Indian Ocean Member States on the last mile of the tsunami early warning system. He is actively involved in capacity building for tsunami preparedness as well as media capacity as part of the tsunami early warning chain. He recently spoke at the IOC Tsunami Symposium (see above) on the opportunities and challenges for social media to act as a tsunami alert system.



 



Is social media an appropriate channel for tsunami alerts?



Social media is dynamically growing because users have more options to access information. The increasing availability of smartphones means that people rely on social media accounts. With millions of users, social media has the capacity to reach the intended audiences and information can be further shared and multiplied widely.



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Tsunami Symposium - Interview avec Ardito Kodijat