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IHO Hydrography Capacity Building Programme for Coastal States
by International Hydrographic Organization (Intergovernmental organization)
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
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
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.
In-kind contribution
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.
In-kind contribution
Loan equipment, trainers and training from commercial and academic sector.
Basic information
Time-frame: ongoing - ongoing
International Hydrographic Organization (IGO); 87 IHO Member States (Governments); International Maritime Organization (UN); World Meteorological Organization (UN); International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Robert Ward, Secretary-General, sg@iho.int, +37793 10 81 01
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