WESTPAC initiated one regional capacity building program in 2008 entitled “UNESCO/IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers on Marine Science”, aiming to improve regional capability and capacity on marine science in a sustainable and systematic manner, through the establishment of Regional Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) in national oceanographic institutes or universities, and regular provision in these Centers of training and research opportunities on their domains of focus to young scientists mainly from developing countries within and outside the region. The initiative has been adopted by the Sub-Commission at its Seventh Intergovernmental Session (WESTPAC-VII, 26-29 May 2008, Sabah, Malaysia) and endorsed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at its forty-first session of Executive Council (24 June-1 July 2008, Paris, France). The adopted Guidelines and Procedures are available below. WESTPAC has been continuing its efforts in the development of IOC Regional Network of Training & Research Centers on Marine Science. Consultations have been ongoing with potential hosts for other Regional Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) with positive feedbacks received from Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. It is recommended the experience of WESTPAC in the development of Regional Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) could be shared with, and replicated in other regions to generate more benefits.

IOC. Executive Council; 41st; Paris; 2008:

Forty-first session of the Executive Council, Paris, 24 June-1 July 2008. IOC. Reports of governing and major subsidiary bodies; 131 Publ: 2008; 142 p.; IOC/EC-XLI/3.

Adopted Guideline and Procedures:

UNESCO-IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers in the Western Pacific, excerpted from the Executive Summary of the 7th Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific, Sabah, Malaysia, 26-29 May 2008

RTRC Publications

To be published soon.

WESTPAC Voluntary Commitments

OceanAction 15266: Develop research capacity and transfer of marine technology through the UNESCO/IOC Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) on Marine Science in the Western Pacific and adjacent regions in support of the SDG 14.a