UNESCO Director-General Visited Chilean Tsunami Early Warning Provider – India Education | Latest Education News | World Education News
SHOA acts as the IOC-UNESCO focal point and is the national agency responsible for tsunami warnings in Chile. SHOA is very active in the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS), one of the four regions of the Global Tsunami Warning System coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC -UNESCO). In close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Santiago, the IOC strongly supported the strengthening of SHOA and national stakeholders on tsunami warning and mitigation aspects.
During her visit to the SHOA facilities, the Director General expressed her satisfaction with the work carried out for the development of science and the prediction of the behavior of the sea in the event of a tsunami on the Chilean coast. The Director General also underlined the commitment of the Chilean government to protect a significant percentage of its maritime territory under the legal categories of reserves and marine parks.
The UNESCO delegation was received by the Director of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy, Commodore Arturo Oxley, who made a presentation on the most relevant aspects of the work of SHOA.
During his presentation, Commodore A. Oxley highlighted the important work carried out by SHOA with the national and international scientific community for the promotion and dissemination of knowledge about the ocean area under the national jurisdiction of Chile, as illustrated by the work of CIMAR Marine Research Cruises, which this year are heading to the Pacific Islands region.
In addition, the SHOA Director highlighted the work through the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA) to direct scientific concerns and projects towards better knowledge of marine resources and opportunities. This includes the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), which since 2021 invites the global community to create new research networks that can contribute to creating a sustainable and healthier marine environment.