ODINAFRICA Connect

We invite offers to assist in developing AND implementing a proposal for a small scale project for “Consolidating and availing online all the data and information products/services that are necessary to serve the next phase of ODINAFRICA” (ODINAFRICA-Connect).

During the ODINAFRICA Planning and Review meeting (27-29 May 2013, Maputo, Mozambique) , the participants agreed on the need to develop a proposal for a follow-up project to ODINAFRICA-IV and outlined a mechanism for achieving this.

One of the key steps was an assessment of what had been achieved in each of the countries over the previous phases. Though the results of the questionnaire survey indicated that most of the countries had developed products and services, many of these cannot currently be accessed online – either through the NODC or project websites.

It is important that we have all these products and services easily accessible before a follow-up project proposal can be submitted.

The ODINAFRICA Connect will focus on consolidating all the products and services that have been developed by ODINAFRICA, including the Coastal and Marine Atlases, library catalogues and electronic repositories of publications, marine biodiversity databases and the African Register of Marine Species, data catalogues, sea level data and products, NODC websites and data/information portals.

The detailed proposal for ODINAFRICA Connect will be developed in the period 15-30 September 2013, in consultation with the institutions participating in ODINAFRICA.

Those interested in assisting in the development and implementation of ODINAFRICA Connect should contact Mika Odido (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

Professor Lawrence Awosika (left) presenting his signed solemn declaration as a member and Chairman of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the continental shelf to Mr. Terassanco (representing the Secretary General of the United Nations)

The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental shelf (CLCS) has elected Professor Lawrence F Awosika, a marine geophysicist from Nigeria, as its chair for a two and half year term, starting 30 July 2012. Professor Awosika, the Director of Marine Geology Geophysics department at the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) in Lagos, Nigeria defeated a candidate from the Republic of Korea in a keenly contested election held during the 30th session of the CLCS which started at the UN Headquarters New York on 30th July 2012. Professor Awosika is the first black Africa to lead the commission since the commission came into being over 15 years ago. The 21 new members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf who are experts in the fields of Geology, geophysics or geodesy will serve in their personal capacity for a five year term starting from 30 July 2012.

 

 

Read more: UN CONTINENTAL SHELF COMMISSION ELECTS PROF AWOSIKA AS CHAIR.

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