The WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology adopted version 1 of its JCOMM Capacity Building Strategy[2] last revised by JCOMM-IV (2012). The principles are as follows:

  1. (i) The primary objective of JCOMM capacity-development is to enhance the implementation of the overall JCOMM Programme through enhancing capacity in all Members/Member States to contribute to and benefit from the programme;
  2. (ii) The Activity Leader on Capacity-Development, as a member of the JCOMM Management Committee, should work with the PA coordinators and the Secretariats to revise the JCOMM Capacity Development Principles that builds on existing capacity-development work in both WMO and IOC, to implement a range of JCOMM focused capacity-development activities;
  3. (iiii) Specific JCOMM-focused capacity-development activities should be implemented by the respective PAs and included in their respective workplans;
  4. (iv) JCOMM capacity-development activities should aim to fill-in gaps and avoid overlapping at national, regional and international levels. It is highly desirable that national partners from both JCOMM themes (i.e., oceanography and marine meteorology) be involved so the complementary and “symbiotic” benefits of JCOMM are clearly demonstrated;
  5. (v) JCOMM capacity-development will make particular efforts for continuous professional development, in line with ongoing development of competency requirements;
  6. (vi) JCOMM capacity-development will aim, where possible, for a “train the trainer” approach to help ensure continuity by countering staff turnover/brain drain problems and to promote the wide spread of knowledge and practices;
  7. (vii) JCOMM Capacity Development activities should endeavour to utilize existing methods, courses, tools and other capacity development aids, particularly those of the WMO and IOC;
  8. (viii) At the regional level, JCOMM capacity-development will develop programmes and projects that follow WMO and IOC;
  9. (ix) At the regional level, JCOMM capacity-development will develop, preferably, medium to long term programmes and projects that will result in national structural and embedded capacity that can be sustained by national funding sources;
  10. (x) Creating awareness in the minds of the public and policy makers is essential for raising national and international support;
  11. (xi) JCOMM capacity-development activities will include assessment of feedback regarding the satisfaction and requirements of users of JCOMM observations, products and services.
  12. (xii) Capacity Development will be based on and provide feedback to the development and update of the Guides and Manuals that are maintained by WMO and IOC,
  13. (xiii) Capacity Development activities should respond to expressed Member/Member State priorities that are related to JCOMM programmes, and strive for relevance, local ownership, sustainability, efficiency and focus.


The document further states that a number of aims of the JCOMM Capacity Development Principles can be achieved through education and training. Capacity-Development activities will be implemented using a wide variety of methods, tools and resources that are currently available within WMO (including its 35 Regional Training Centres (RTCs) and Components) and the IODE of IOC (including the IODE OceanTeacher and regional ODIN Structures), or which will need to be developed by JCOMM and its parent bodies. It identifies the following types of education and training activities: (i) training courses; (ii) training tools; (iii) workshops; (iv) travel and study grants; (v) projects for capacity development; (vi) communication and outreach tools.

As a way of documenting and monitoring JCOMM Capacity Development activities, the use of the IOC-IODE Alumni database to record all JCOMM capacity-development events and alumni is recommended. This will assist in tracking JCOMM training course participants and in assessing the long-term impact of the training provided.

The JCOMM Capacity Development website ( ) can be used to provide Members / Member States an overview of JCOMM Capacity Development activities, particularly those initiated and directly supported by the Members / Member States.


Subscribe to our Mailing List


Go to top