The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) Project
The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) brings together marine institutions from twenty-five Member States of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO from 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).
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 goal of the current phase of ODINAFRICA is be to improve the management of coastal and marine resources and the environment in participating countries by: enhancing data flows into the national oceanographic data and information centres in the participating countries, strengthening the capacity of these centres to analyse and interpret the data so as to develop products required for integrated management of the coastal areas of Africa, and increase the delivery of services to end users.
The focus on preparing data and information products is to enable the Member States to address the key issues identified in the African Process: (i) coastal erosion, (ii) management of key ecosystems and habitats, (iii) pollution, (iv) sustainable use of living resources, and (v) tourism.
The government of Flanders, Belgium, has provided US$2.5 million to support the implementation of ODINAFRICA-III.
The following thematic work packages will be implemented to achieve the objectives of ODINAFRICA-III:
Coastal Ocean Observing System: will focus on upgrading and expanding African network for in-situ measurements and monitoring of ocean variables (e.g. sea-level, temperature, salinity, currents, winds, etc), provision of near real-time observations of ocean variables, and building adequate capacity for collection, analysis and management of sea-state variables. About 15 tide stations will be installed or up-graded and some of them equipped with sensors for other meteorological and oceanographic parameters.
Data and Information Management: will focus on further development and strengthening of National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODC) to manage data streams from the coastal ocean observing network, upgrading infrastructure in the NODCs (including internet access and computer systems), Integrating biogeographic and hydrological data steams into NODC systems, Building capacity for data and information managers for new NODCs established as part of this project, and rescue of historical data (especially sea level data).
Product Development and end user communication and information delivery will focus on identification of end users of marine/coastal data/information products and their requirements, identification and development of set of core products to be prepared by each NODC, development of Regional and National Marine Atlases, improvement of atmospheric and oceanic monitoring databases, promotion and dissemination of outputs of the project to all stakeholders, and assessment of the impacts of products on the end-user.
Management & Coordination
Project Officers and Committees ensure that the work programme is implemented as anticipated, producing expected deliverables in a timely fashion with respect to the agreed time frame and roadmap.
Keys for the success of the project are the co-ordination of activities and responsibilities within the Project Management team, the optimization of human and technological resources, and building up a strong co-operative and coordinating network.
Local institutions involved
National Oceanographic Data Centre & Oceanographic Data Management
St. Paul Road
Tel:  686 1031
Fax:  686 1033
Contact: Mr. Mohamudally BEEBEEJAUN
Marine Information Management
Albion Fisheries Research Centre (AFRC)
(Ministry of Agro Industry & Fisheries)
Tel:  238 4100
Fax:  2384184