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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Workshop Report No. 179

IOC-Flanders Second ODINAFRICA-II Planning and Review Workshop
Nairobi, Kenya

14-17 November 2001



UNESCO

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page


1. OPENING 1

2. ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS 2

2.1 ADOPTION OF AGENDA 2

2.2 ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN 2

2.3 CONDUCT OF SESSION, TIMETABLE AND DOCUMENTATION 2



3. REVIEW OF ODINAFRICA IMPLEMENTATION STATUS 2

3.1 WORK PLAN FOR 2001 2

3.2 IOCEA REGIONAL REPORT 2

3.3 IOCINCWIO REGIONAL REPORT 3

3.4 ODINAFRICA INFORMATION SERVICES CENTRE REPORT 4

3.5 ODINAFRICA NATIONAL REPORTS 5



4. ODINAFRICA CAPACITY BUILDING 5

5. ODINAFRICA LINKAGES WITH IOC PROGRAMMES AND OTHER REGIONAL INITIATIVES 6

6. ODINAFRICA ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT 6

7. ODINAFRICA WORK PLANS AND BUDGETS FOR 2002 7

7.1 NATIONAL WORK PLANS AND BUDGETS 7

7.2 JOINT ACTIVITIES 9

8. DATE AND VENUE OF NEXT SESSION 9


9. CLOSING 9

Mr. Willy Mwangi and Mr. Peter Mutua. Both work full-time for the project and share out the following responsibilities: 3

Mr. Isedorius Agola. Works full-time for the project performing the tasks of: 3

Ms. Wilkister Mokobi. Works full-time for the projects and her tasks are: 3

Mr. James Macharia. Spends 40% of his time on the ASFA database, which is a KMFRI assignment. The rest of the time he spends on the project mainly entering data in the Directory of Fisheries Institutions in Africa. 3

Mr. Tom Bogonko. Spends 60% of his time performing tasks assigned to him by KMFRI and the rest of the time he assists Mr. Ng’ete with the following project tasks: 3

Mr. Sam Ngete. Works 40% of his time on KMFRI assignments and spends the rest of the time performing duties of the projects as follows: 3

Ms. Eunice Onyango. Works full-time for the project performing the following duties: 3

Mr. Clive Angwenyi. Works 50% of his time on KMFRI assignments and the rest of the time on project tasks as follows: 4

Ms. Esther Fondo. Works 50% of her time the time performing KMFRI assignments and the rest of the time on project tasks as follows: 4

Currently the initial preparation of the newsletter, i.e., editing, typesetting and translation is done under project supervision in Mombassa, Kenya. The IOC/UNESCO Press in Paris, France does the printing and distribution. Although this arrangement has worked well in the past, it has recently failed us so much that so far none of the newsletter manuscripts that we have already submitted this year has left the IOC/UNESCO printing press for distribution. 8


M. Odido, M. Osore, E. Fondo 16

Michael Mosoti, Wilkister Mokobi 16

C. Magori/Harrison Onganda 16

Isedorius Agola 16



Wilkister Mokobi 16

Janet Mwobobia 16

Clive Angwenyi, Sam Ng’ete 16

M. Odido, M. Osore, E. Fondo 16

M. Osore, E. Fondo 16

Activity 17

Expenditure per Month in Kenya Shillings (KSHS) 17

Total 24,500 18

Folack, Jean 7

Dr. Folack, Jean 12

Materials 59





ANNEXES
I. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

II. OPENING SPEECHES

III. ODINAFRICA WORK PLAN 2001

IV. ODINAFRICA REGIONAL REPORTS- IOCEA

V. ODINAFRICA REGIONAL REPORT IOCINCWIO

VI. ODINAFRICA INFORMATION SERVICES CENTRE REPORT

VII. NATIONAL REPORTS

VIII. CAMEROUN OFFER TO HOST THIRD ODINAFRICA SESSION

IX. GUIDELINES FOR UNESCO CONTRACTS

X. IOC PROGRAMMES

1. OPENING

The second ODINAFRICA II planning workshop was held at the Mbagathi Campus of the Kenya College for Communications Technology, Nairobi, Kenya from 14-17 November 2001 and attended by ODINAFRICA National Co-ordinators from: Benin, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo and Tunisia. There were also invited experts from Belgium and United States of America who have been providing capacity building support for the data and information management components of the project (List of Participants in Annex I). The participants reviewed the implementation status of the project and adopted the work plan and budget for the year 2002. The Director of Kenya’s National Environment Secretariat, Dr. B. K’Omudho officially opened the meeting on behalf of the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Noah Katana Ngala.


Welcoming the participants, Dr. Johnson Kazungu, the Director of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, expressed Kenya’s pleasure in hosting the workshop. He recalled that Kenya has been actively involved in the development of ODINAFRICA and its preceding projects (RECOSCIX-WIO and ODINEA). Dr. Kazungu outlined KMFRI’s plan to establish a regional marine information centre, which will offer conference facilities in addition to housing the ODINAFRICA Information Services Centre.

On behalf of Dr. Patricio Bernal, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO and Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the Head of Ocean Services at IOC, Mr. Peter Pissierssens welcomed the participants and thanked the Government of Kenya for its kind hosting of this ODINAFRICA Review and Planning Workshop. Mr. Pissierssens emphasized that the ODINAFRICA project is an extremely important undertaking for the IOC as it represents a new direction in the IOC's Capacity Building strategy. Whereas capacity building activities in the past were mostly limited to occasional national or regional training courses, or to donations of equipment, the ODINAFRICA project uses a new strategy, which is based on linking training, equipment and operational support. The ODINAFRICA is a project implemented by Africa for Africa. All products and services such as the ODINAFRICA website, the directories, the data catalogues and many more are developed and maintained in participating Member States. He assured the participants that all IOC Member States are looking forward to the success of ODINAFRICA. Another region, namely the Caribbean and South American region have already started preparations for the establishment of their ODIN network that will be named ODINCARSA (full text of speech in Annex II).
While inviting Dr. K’Omudho to officially open the workshop and deliver the minister’s speech, the Director of UNESCO Nairobi Office, Dr. Paul Vitta, re-affirmed UNESCO’s commitment to the development of science and technology in Africa. He welcomed the participants to the workshop on behalf of the Director-General, Dr. Koichiro Matsuura and wished them a successful meeting.

In his opening speech, the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Noah Katana Ngala pointed out that the relatively low level of computerization of marine science institutions in Africa has hampered their contribution to the use of the enormous opportunities which information technology provides for addressing the problems of poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. He hoped that the development of an “Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa” would address this problem and assist the institutions with tools to enable them to source information for their research work, and to disseminate information necessary for the sustainable use of the marine environment and resources for development. While expressing his appreciation to UNESCO-IOC and the Government of Flanders-Belgium for the support that they have provided for implementation of the ODINAFRICA network, Mr. Ngala asked the participants to already start thinking of the period beyond the four-year project period (2001-2004) so as to ensure that the network that has been established in ODINAFRICA forms the basis of a lasting alliance of marine science institutions that can exchange experiences. He reiterated Kenya’s commitment to the implementation of the programmes of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and other UNESCO programmes, and said that in spite of the difficult economic situation prevailing in the country, KMFRI will continue availing its facilities and staff for the service of the project, and marine scientists in the whole of Africa (full text of speech in Annex II).



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