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ODINCARSA, Ocean data and information network in the Caribbean and South America, Report to IODE-XIX, March 2007
Martinez Güngla, Rodney (2007). ODINCARSA, Ocean data and information network in the Caribbean and South America, Report to IODE-XIX, March 2007. International Research Center on El Niño (CIIFEN): Ecuador. 20 pp.

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  • Martinez Güngla, Rodney

    ODINCARSA was set up primarily as a mechanism for assessing the current and potential state ofdevelopment of national data centers and to create the means for mutual capacity building in SouthAmerica and the Caribbean. It further sought to develop a cooperation network for managing andexchanging oceanographic data and information within these regions. ODINCARSA is a network which isintegrated by 19 IOC Member States: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Chile,Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Lucia, Trinidad andTobago and Venezuela.After, 5 years of activity and limited resources, ODINCARSA has achieved several milestones which canbe summarized as follows.Ø To put the Ocean Data and Information Management as a relevant issue at National level in most of60% of Member countries mostly allocated n South America.Ø To establish and keep active a huge regional network integrated by more than 60 NationalInstitutions with 237 experts from different sectors related to Ocean and Marine activities.Ø To contribute on improving the provision of ocean data and information products and services todifferent users by sharing of expertise, knowledge transference and capacity building.Ø To become a useful partner/platform for other IOC programs and Organizations such as GOOS,GCOS, IAMSLIC, IAI, CPPS, JCOMM, ASFA and ICAM.However, important challenges remain in the region. The level of implementation of ODINCARSA in theCaribbean region is quite modest, and it will require, partnership, national involvement and additionalfunding.It is highly recommended the interaction with different IOC Programs and other relevant organizations inorder to achieve the proposed Action Plan for the Caribbean region.The next phase of ODINCARSA in Latin America should have two main outcomes:1) The consolidation of a regional network on Marine information that provides permanent andvaluable services to a wide community and2) The provision of data and information services to the Operational Oceanography, CoastalManagement and Disaster Reduction Programs in the regions.

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