The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) brings together more than 40 marine related institutions from twenty-five countries in Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, and Tunisia).
With the support of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the Government of Flanders (Kingdom of Belgium) the network strives to address the challenges faced in ensuring that ocean and coastal data and information generated in national, regional and global programmes are readily available to a wide range of users in an easily understandable format.
The earlier phases of ODINAFRICA enabled the participating member states to get access to data available in other data centres worldwide, develop skills for manipulation of data and preparation of data and information products, and develop infrastructure for archival, analysis and dissemination of the data and information products. The member states also developed further the African network of sea level stations, bringing the number of operational tide gauges along the African coast to more than 40.
The fourth phase of the project (2009-2013) will focus on strengthening the Pan-African network of National Oceanographic Data and Information Centres - NODCs, and marine related institutions as a sustained mechanism for application of data, information and products for marine and coastal management in Africa.
The expected outcomes of ODINAFRICA-IV will be:
The total budget of the ODINAFRICA-IV project is US$ 7,309,314. The contribution by the Government of Flanders (FUST) will be US$ 3,545,080; the counterpart contribution of UNESCO/IOC will be US$ 181,000 and the national partner contributions (of the participating countries) will be US$ 3,583,234.
The project started in August 2009 upon the recruitment of the Project Manager (Mr Mika Odido).
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