The Ocean InfoHub Project is working in three pilot regions, of which the Latin America and the Caribbean Region is one. The Project is working with the IOC/UNESCO IOCARIBE Secretariat, together with partners, and has been actively working on identifying early stage partners who are ready to test the ODIS-architecture proof-of-concept. A number of events and meetings have taken place to raise awareness of the project in the LAC region, and to bring new partners into the co-design process.
The IOC Ocean Infohub has been formally requested by IOCARIBE
Recommendation SC-IOCARIBE-XV.1: IOC New Capacity Development Strategy: Implementation Plan “Urges IOCARIBE Member States to:…(iv) Actively participate in the further development and management of the IOC Clearing-House Mechanism for the Transfer of Marine Technology (CHM/TMT)”
Based on this, INVEMAR (Colombia) developed a pilot CHM for the Latin America and Caribbean region, in the context of the Caribbean Marine Atlas (CMA-II) project.
The pilot “Clearing-House Mechanism LAC ” is a hybrid model, with a centralized portal that provides access to information sources identified by the users as most relevant (Databases on Training and Education resources, List of experts, Research vessels,..) and integrated from a number of existing web sources developed and maintained under IOC (OceanExpert, Ocean Teacher Global Academy, ODISCat and others)