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The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and regional capacity building


  • Okemwa, Ezekiel


This paper concentrates on the past and present interaction between the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Com- mission, donor organisations and developing countries in the development of regional programmes for creating and supporting marine science capabilities. The Global Ocean Observing System and Integrated Coastal Zone Management in relation to fisheries, marine pollution and climate/sea level changes require regional input which depends on South-South and North South cooperation. The Indian Ocean with the Eastern African region, serve as an example for an ongoing process of capacity building and growing partnership in marine science. Through the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a strong and very beneficial cooperation was established, with several donors, in particular with the Swedish Agency for Research Co- operation with Developing Countries. This tripartite partnership of (a)Â a regional body with a regionally driven programme, (b)Â a global coordination mechanism in the form of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and (a)Â a multi-lateral donor in the form of the Swedish Agency for Research Co-operation with Developing Countries is in fact a model for regional development aid. The need for strong leadership of regional bodies is emphasised including a formal intersessional mechanism in the form of a bureau.

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  • Okemwa, Ezekiel, 1998. "The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and regional capacity building," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 197-207, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:22:y:1998:i:3:p:197-207

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