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Mediterranean and Black Sea countries discuss charting in the region

The 23rd Conference of the Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission (MBSHC) took place in Slovenia end of March. Coastal states discussed coordination of charting in the region, governance and capacity-building among others.

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Mediterranean and Black Sea countries discuss charting in the region

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The French Minister for the Sea visits the IHO

Mrs Annick Girardin, French Minister for the Sea, came to the offices of the IHO during an official visit to the Principality of Monaco on Friday 10 September. The Minister was accompanied by H.E. Mr Laurent Stéfanini, Ambassador of France to Monaco as well as other government representatives.

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The French Minister for the Sea visits the IHO

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New chair & vice chair of GEBCO Guiding Committee

Members of the GEBCO Guiding Committee met online 18-20 January to discuss the project’s direction for the coming year, including upcoming initiatives, resource allocation etc. During the meeting, members elected Mr Evert Flier from Norway as the new chair of the Guiding Committee, and Dr Marzia Rovere from Italy as vice chair for 2021 – 2024.

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New chair & vice chair of GEBCO Guiding Committee

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The importance of mapping the ocean is highlighted at the 32nd Session of the IOC UNESCO Assembly

As part of its mission to “participate actively in international initiatives related to the knowledge of the sustainable use of the ocean,” the IHO participated in the 32nd Session of the IOC UNESCO Assembly held in Paris, France from 21-30 June 2023. In addition to engaging in plenary discussions in its role as an Observer, the IHO joined IOC UNESCO in celebrating the 120th anniversary of their joint project, the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO).

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The importance of mapping the ocean is highlighted at the 32nd Session of the IOC UNESCO Assembly

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Representatives of 98 countries to gather in Monaco for the IHO Assembly

Representatives of the 98 Member States of the International Hydrographic Organization will gather for the Assembly, Member State and Industry Exhibition from 1 to 5 May 2023. Held every three years, the gathering provides a forum for countries to come together, discuss new developments in technical standards, ocean mapping and agree on resolutions to guide activities. Key topics this year will include the future of charts and steps to ensure the transition to digital data systems.

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Representatives of 98 countries to gather in Monaco for the IHO Assembly

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The UN Ocean Decade and the IHO join forces to change the gender climate in hydrography

As part of its mission to induce “transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development, connecting people and our ocean”, the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (UN Ocean Decade) has endorsed the IHO’s Empowering Women in Hydrography (EWH) project as an Ocean Decade Action.

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The UN Ocean Decade and the IHO join forces to change the gender climate in hydrography

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The XIII Trans-Regional Seapower Symposium discusses hydrography’s role in a sustainable Blue Economy

The IHO participated in the XIII Trans-Regional Seapower Symposium held in Venice, Italy from 5-7 October to discuss the IHO’s tasks, mission and challenges within the UN Ocean Decade. Organized by the Italian Navy and hosted in the historical setting of the Arsenal of Venice, the symposium provided an open and inclusive forum where navies, industries, public institutions, academia and international organizations engaged in across-the-board debates involving the diverse community of players in the national and international marine cluster.

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The XIII Trans-Regional Seapower Symposium discusses hydrography’s role in a sustainable Blue Economy

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Hydrography for inland waterways discussed during visit to Bolivia

The IHO paid a high level visit to the Plurinational State of Bolivia on 5 and 6 September, during which hydrographic services for inland waterways were discussed. The landlocked nation borders on several lakes, including Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and also has rivers which form part of the Amazon Basin. These play a vital role in the transport of people and goods in the region.

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Hydrography for inland waterways discussed during visit to Bolivia

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The IHO welcomes its 98th Member State

The International Hydrographic Organization is increasing its ranks with the accession of Albania as its 98th Member State.

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The IHO welcomes its 98th Member State