GOOS is led by IOC and co-sponsored by WMO, UNEP, and ICSU. The IOC Assembly approves the GOOS Work Plan. The capacity development activities of GOOS are rooted in IOC Resolution XXVI-8 which considered “the need to increase the number of IOC Member States active in GOOS implementation, and to develop their capacity to participate in and benefit from GOOS”, and decided to recommit to GOOS, building on existing achievements, by, amongst other objectives “reinforcing global participation through increased extrabudgetary support for capacity development, especially in Africa, Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries.”

One mechanism for implementation of GOOS at the regional level is through Regional Alliances. These identify, enable, and develop sustained GOOS ocean monitoring and services to meet regional and national priorities, aligning the global goals of GOOS with the need for services and products satisfying local requirements. The last revision of the GOOS Regional Policy (IOC/INF-1308, 2013) identifies the GRAs as assessing “regional readiness and capacity in [defining requirements, observing networks, and data streams], and the overall performance of the system in providing users with fit-for- purpose data and information products.” The GRAs have embarked on surveys of observing and modelling capacity, which will help shape future projects focused on developing capacity.




The GOOS Steering Committee has also been exploring cooperation with the individual human capacity programmes led by the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO, in order to mutually reinforce efforts focused on institutional capacity through GRAs with the extensive programmes of POGO related to ocean observing. A formal strategy is difficult to establish in the absence of the substantial core funding that capacity development requires. Projects and activities have been developed in an opportunistic manner based on a balancing of the objectives of the programme and the objectives of donors.

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