IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers on Marine Science (RTRCs)
WESTPAC initiated one regional capacity building program in 2008 entitled “UNESCO/IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers on Marine Science”, aiming to improve regional capability and capacity on marine science in a sustainable and systematic manner, through the establishment of IOC Regional Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) in national oceanographic institutes or universities, and regular provision in these Centers of training and research opportunities on their domains of focus to young scientists mainly from developing countries within and outside the region.
The initiative has been adopted by the Sub-Commission at its Seventh Intergovernmental Session (WESTPAC-VII, 26-29 May 2008, Sabah, Malaysia) and endorsed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at its forty-first session of Executive Council (24 June-1 July 2008, Paris, France). The adopted Guidelines and Procedures are available below.
|IOC. Executive Council; 41st; Paris; 2008: Forty-first session of the Executive Council, Paris, 24 June-1 July 2008.pdf
IOC. Reports of governing and major subsidiary bodies; 131 Publ: 2008; 142 p.; IOC/EC-XLI/3.
Adopted Guideline and Procedures: UNESCO-IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers in the Western Pacific.pdf
Excerpt from the Executive Summary of the 7th Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific, Sabah, Malaysia, 26-29 May 2008
In accordance with associated Guidelines, the first IOC Regional Training and Research Center was established, with focus on ocean dynamics and climate at the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China (FIO, SOA) in 2010. Regular training on ocean dynamics, air-sea interaction, climate change and numerical modeling have been developed and provided annually since 2011.
WESTPAC has been continuing its efforts in the development of IOC Regional Network of Training & Research Centers on Marine Science. Consultations have been ongoing with potential hosts for other IOC Regional Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) with positive feedbacks received from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is recommended the experience of WESTPAC In the development of IOC Regional Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) could be shared with, and replicated in other regions to generate more benefits.