Report from the BOBLME Regional Focus Group Meeting to facilitate engagement in the International Indian Ocean Expedition 50th Anniversary Initiative (IIOE-2), Bangkok, Thailand, 17 and 18 March 2015.
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AbstractThe planning for IIOE-2 has engaged a broad range of stakeholders from around the Indian Ocean, mainly through voluntary international Reference Groups and also through a number of geographically focussed and nationally initiated meetings and briefings. The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, Australia, working through its Perth Programme Office (PPO) in support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, has been extensively engaged in IIOE-2 planning. The PPO has played a key role in IIOE-2 planning on behalf of the IOC and has also engaged with the SCOR led Science Plan Development Committee on the development of an overarching IIOE-2 Science Plan, and has also lead the support for the IOC led Interim Planning Committee – Group of Experts (IPC) (as designated at the IOC Executive Council Meeting No 47, 2014) in their development of IIOE-2 Implementation Plans and governance arrangements. The IPC’s Report, incorporating the SCOR developed IIOE-2 Science Plan, was submitted to the 28th Session of the IOC Assembly in June 2015 in support of a draft Resolution for the IOC to formally adopt IIOE-2 as an IOC supported program over the period 2015-2020, in partnership with SCOR and IOGOOS. The PPO met with the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project officers in October 2014 during the annual IOGOOS series of meetings to discuss opportunities for engaging better with BOBLME countries throughout the finalisation of IIOE-2 planning and subsequent implementation. The BOBLME Project is working with Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand to lay the foundations for a coordinated programme of action designed to better the lives of the coastal populations through improved regional management of the Bay of Bengal environment and its fisheries. The BOBLME Project has already aligned itself with the competent bodies, initiatives and organisations in the region, including the IOC (and its PPO), IOGOOS and SIBER to assist in the implementation of its programs and objectives. A partnership between the PPO and the BOBLME Project under the auspices of IIOE-2 presented itself as a mutually beneficial opportunity to further the objectives of all parties.
Publisher or UniversityPerth Programme Office in support of the IOC of UNESCO
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