The 22nd Session of the IOC Committee for IODE was held in Ensenada, Mexico between 11 and 15 March 2013 hosted by the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada.

Recommendation IODE-XXII.4


The IOC Committee on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange,

Acknowledging the importance of open-access, global databases on the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine species, to assist decision makers to sustainably manage our Ocean’s living resources.

Noting that the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Decision COP10/29 para 10 and 35; Nagoya October 2010) requested Member States to further enhance globally networked scientific efforts, such as the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), to continue to update a comprehensive and accessible global database of all forms of life in the sea, and further assess and map the distribution and abundance of species in the sea, and called upon IOC/OBIS to facilitate availability and inter-operability of the best available marine and coastal biodiversity data sets and information across global, regional and national scales.

Noting with Appreciation that OBIS is extensively used by the research community and is playing a crucial role in providing scientific guidance, data and information for the identification of Ecologically or Biologically Significant marine Areas, through a series of regional workshops in 2011, 2012 and 2013, as part of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and in particular Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 to conserve and sustainably manage at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas by 2020, as agreed upon by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya in 2010.

Noting with Appreciation the successful integration of the OBIS project in IODE and the creation of two extra-budgetary Programme Specialist positions (Project Manager and Data Manager) for OBIS.

Recalling the request to the IOC Executive Secretary to prepare documentation to the Director-General and the UNESCO Executive Board requesting a regular programme post for the OBIS Programme at the earliest opportunity.

Urges Member States to provide financial and in-kind support for OBIS to enable the IOC to fulfill the commitment it made to the continuation and further development of OBIS, as well as to fulfill its role to ensure the maintenance and further growth of marine biodiversity data to serve policy and management needs as IOC and in particular OBIS is called upon by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Approves the proposal that OBIS nodes can participate as NODCs and ADUs in the IODE network, and to publish the procedures, tasks, standards and best practices associated to OBIS nodes in an IOC Manual & Guides for OBIS nodes.

Encourages Member states to share their biodiversity data and to participate in OBIS through the establishment of new and/or strengthening existing OBIS nodes.