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ITCOocean to be esablished as C2C, Agreement to be signed with UNESCO

Hyderabad, Dec 16 (UNI) International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography
(ITCOocean), hosted at the Hyderabad-based ESSO-INCOIS (ESSO-Indian National Centre
for Ocean Information Services) campus, will be established as a Category-2 Centre (C2C)
through an agreement to be signed with UNESCO.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the signing of
this agreement.
The field of operational oceanography involves systematic ocean studies aimed at supporting
day-to-day operations and providing information services to various sectors of the blue
economy (valued at millions of crores of rupees) -- fishing, disaster management, shipping and
ports, coastal management, environmental management, offshore industries and defence forces
of Navy, Coast Guard, a release said here on Saturday.
ESSO-INCOIS is India's premier institution in operational oceanography providing several
services that include the ISO 9001:2008 certified Potential Fishing Zone Advisory Service,
Ocean State Forecast Service and Tsunami Warning Service.
ITCOocean is currently operational with state-of- the-art facilities at ESSO-INCOIS, Hyderabad
and so far, over 681 scientists including 576 from India and 105 from 34 other countries have
already been trained at this centre in various aspects of operational oceanography.
Establishing ITCOocean with UNESCO C2C recognition, will provide an opportunity for India
to emerge as a leader in the Indian Ocean, forging cooperation among South Asian and African
countries.
The Centre will cater to the worldwide increasing need to build technical and management
capacity in marine and coastal sustainability issues as well as efficient management
and response to marine natural hazards.
The Centre may thus contribute to achieving UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal-14
(SDG 14) and fulfill commitments to support Small Island Developing States, Least Developed
Countries.
As a C2C , ITCOocean will strive to improve skills of students and other types of trainees which
will increase employment opportunities within and outside India.
UNI KNR CS 1814
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