The Inter-Regional Coordination Committee (Programme 3 of the IHO Work Programme) supervises the IHO Capactiy Building Strategy, promotes the wider use and collection of marine data and is responsible for the policy matters related to the Worldwide Electronic Navigational Chart Database (WEND), unless otherwise instructed by the Council. The IRCC coordinates and promotes cooperation with other international and regional organizations in areas of mutual interest, including but not limited to the operation of the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service, the development and maintenance of standards of competence for hydrographic surveyors and nautical cartographers, mapping the seafloor and governing undersea feature names.

The Inter-Regional Coordination Committee (IRCC) is the steering committee of the IHO for inter-regional coordination and support.

Chair: Mr Thomas DEHLING (Germany)
Vice-Chair:  Ms Jennifer JENCKS (USA)
Secretary: Director Luigi SINAPI (IHO Secretariat)
Assisted by: Assistant Director Leonel MANTEIGAS (IHO Secretariat)



To establish, coordinate and enhance cooperation in hydrographic activities amongst States on a regional basis, and between regions, especially on matters associated with Capacity Building; the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service; General Bathymetry and Ocean Mapping; Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures; Education and Training; and the implementation of the Worldwide Electronic Navigational Chart Database (WEND) suitable for the needs of international shipping. To establish co-operation and partnership with the relevant stakeholders to enhance the delivery of Capacity Building programs and to ensure long-term sustainability. 

Composition and Membership

Membership of IRCC comprises the Chairs of the Regional Hydrographic Commissions (RHCs), the Chairs of the Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica (HCA), the Capacity Building Sub-Committee (CBSC), the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service Sub-Committee (WWNWS-SC), the International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC), the Worldwide ENC Database (WEND) Working Group (WENDWG), the IHO-European Union (EU) Network Working Group (IENWG), the Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures (MSDI) Working Group (MSDIWG), the Crowd-Sourced Bathymetry Working Group (CSBWG) and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Guiding Committee. Committee meetings shall be open to all Member States of the IHO. Intergovernmental Organizations and Non-Governmental International Organizations (NGIOs) accredited as Observers to the IHO may attend Committee meetings. See Submenus for details on the activities of the subordinate and associated bodies related to IRCC.

Meeting Documents

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