The IHO capacity building programme seeks to assess and advise on how countries can best meet their international obligations and serve their own best interests by providing appropriate hydrographic and nautical charting services. Such services directly support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, efficient sea transportation and the wider use of the seas and oceans in a sustainable way, including the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management, fishing, marine resource exploration and exploitation, maritime boundary delimitation, maritime defence and security, and ocean disaster management and mitigation.
The IHO capacity building programme provides technical advisory visits, various long-term and short-term training and education, and workshops and seminars, as well as a forum to encourage regional cooperation and bilateral partnerships within regions and globally.
This commitment will enable all coastal States to support safety of navigation, safety of life at sea, the protection of the marine environment, coastal zone management and the better management, exploitation and governance of the seas and oceans and its resources.
This commitment will also increase the economic benefits available to Small Island Developing States and least developed countries through sustainable management of such things as fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
By 2026, support provided to all States with navigable waters to enable them to deliver IHO Phase 1 hydrographic capability (the timely collection and promulgation of hydrographic information for their national waters).
By 2026, support provided to all States with navigable waters to enable them to adopt a national plan to establish appropriate elements of IHO Phase 2 and 3 hydrographic capability through the development of in-country capability or through bilateral arrangements with other countries.
IHO Member States providing bilateral and multilateral support for training, hydrographic surveying and chart production.
Staff / Technical expertise
IHO Member States, Observer Organizations and Expert Contributors providing advice and practical assistance.
Loan equipment, trainers and training from commercial and academic sector.