IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Calling for Proposals for New Projects and Working Groups

The tenth Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-X) has been scheduled, tentatively for 12-15 May 2015, Phuket, Thailand, with the kind host of the Government of Thailand, through its Department of Marine & Coastal Resources and National Commission for UNESCO.

In pursuance of previous practice, apart from reviewing the strategic direction and activities of WESTPAC, the session will evaluate and establish new regional projects and working groups which may be proposed from our member states with common interests.

The proposal should, to the greatest extent, be in line with the Vision and High-Level Objectives (HLOs) of IOC which were adopted as provided in the IOC Medium-Term Strategy (2014-2021), namely:


Strong scientific understanding and systematic observations of the changing world ocean climate and ecosystems shall underpin sustainable development and global governance for a healthy ocean, and global, regional and national management of risks and opportunities from the ocean.

High-Level Objectives:

• Healthy ocean ecosystems and sustained ecosystem services;
• Effective early warning systems and preparedness for tsunamis and other ocean-related hazards;
• Increased resiliency to climate change and variability and enhanced safety, efficiency and effectiveness of all ocean-based activities through scientifically-founded services, adaptation and mitigation strategies;
• Enhanced knowledge of emerging ocean science issues.

To assist in the preparation and submission of new proposal(s), please download below the two annexes: I. Template for new project proposal, which was drafted with reference to the WESTPAC-HAB project; II. Guidelines for the Establishment of WESTPAC Working Group.

To avoid overlapping, and seek possible synergy with existing activities, please refer to the WESTPAC website ( for more information on present WESTPAC activities.

Submission of proposals is preferably no later than 20 October 2014 to the WESTPAC Office at











WESTPAC Circular Letter WESTPAC-X.1








Annex I: Template for new project proposal

Annex I.doc


3 Annex II: Guidelines for the Establishement of WESTPAC Working Group Annex II.doc  

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