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Education & Programme Recognition
The IHO places education and training in the frontline of its Capacity Building Programme. The IBSC (The Board) acknowledges that these are challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages all institutions to prioritize the well-being of staff and students as they manage their particular circumstances to deal with disruptions to their normal teaching strategies for their recognized programme(s). The Board recognizes that teaching delivery strategies will likely need to be changed as institutions implement essential changes to comply with official directions from authorities. The Board requests that any modified teaching strategies seek to maintain the appropriate level of the applicable Standard and asks that significant changes be referred to the Board for its consideration of the need for guidance or assistance with continuing recognition. This acknowledgement should not be construed as the Board seeking to override national or local official directions.
In 1988, the U.S. National Geophysical Data Centre (NGDC) offered to host and operate a Worldwide digital oceanic bathymetry data center on behalf of the IHO Member States. This led to the official establishment (in June 1990) of the IHO Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB). Data provided by the IHO Member States are available for download from the DCDB web site. It is possible to search, view or download all available data using the DCDB Web Map Server and GEODAS interfaces (please see below).
Inter-Governmental Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations are recognized as observers to be invited to meetings of the Assembly and all subsidiary organs and subordinate bodies of the IHO in which they have an interest and to which they can make a contribution. The IHO maintains a substantive number of Memoranda of Understanding and Co-operative Agreements with relevant organizations active in the maritime domain.
Finance Documents and Reports
The IHO operates under a 3 year budget approved by the Assembly and an annual operational Budget endorsed by the Council and approved by the Member-States through correspondence. The Finance Committee Officers are used to meet in spring every year to approve the audit report of the Secretariats operations. The Member States are informed via Finance Circular Letters which can be downloaded from the Circular Letters section - under the top menu called "About IHO".
During the inter-Assembly period the Council coordinates the activities of the Organization within the framework of the strategy, work programme and financial arrangements, prepares proposals concerning the overall strategy and the work programme, considers the financial statements and budget estimates, review proposals submitted to it by subsidiary organs, proposes the establishment of subsidiary organs, reviews draft agreements between the Organization and other organizations. The Council meets one a year and submits its reports, obervations, recommendations, and draft decisions to the Assembly and the IHO Member States for approval. The General Regulations applying to the Council and the Rules of Procedures are part of the IHO Publication M-1 and can be downloaded from the Publications section, Category "M" - Miscellaneous.
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IHO Work Programme and Management Plan
The IHO runs a 3-yearly budgetary cycle. Each budget cycle is based on forward forecast approved by the Member States at the previous Assembly. Each yearly forecast is reviewed in the preceding year and any changes approved by the Member States. The approved budget supports an annual work programme that is also approved by the Member States. The CB Work Programme (CBWP), which includes all the activities scheduled for the Sub-Committee for a determined period, including Seminars, Workshops, Technical Visits and any other action directed to development purposes and is inserted in the overall IHO Work Programme. The Capacity Building Management Plan is the compilation of specific proposals and inputs submitted by the Regional Hydrographic Commissions.
IHO Assembly sets the priorities for the next 3 years
The IHO Assembly has finished after 3 days of productive meetings. From 16 to 18 November IHO Member States were able to discuss how to move forward on work items, with the Assembly being held by videoconference.
Updated IHO Geospatial Information Registry
The IHO has released an updated Geospatial Information Registry which now contains over 7000 items for the modelling of oceanic data.