Recommendation IODE-XXI.3


The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange,

Noting the great progress that has been made under the Global Census of Marine Life (CoML) programme and that this ten-year initiative, to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the oceans, concluded at the end of 2010,

Recalling the decision, through Resolution XXV-4, to accept OBIS within the IODE Programme, and the request to the IOC Executive Secretary to make the necessary administrative arrangements necessary for OBIS activities to continue under the auspices of IOC and its IODE Programme,

Recommends the formation of a Group of Experts on OBIS, to operate in close collaboration with all IODE Groups of Experts, and responding to the needs expressed by the IODE Steering Group for OBIS;

Further recommends that the tasks of the Group of Experts should include to improve, optimize and streamline the Ocean Biogeographic Information System:

Invites the IOC Governing Bodies to support this Group of Experts;

Encourages IOC Member States to nominate experts having expertise in biogeographic and biodiversity data management and exchange to the Group of Experts;

Requests that the Group of Experts maintains close relations with GBIF and other relevant programmes;

Further requests that a progress report be submitted regularly to the IODE Officers and the IODE Committee.