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Capacity Building Committee (CBC)
Chairman:UKHO, Jeff Bryant (UK)
The Capacity Building Committee (CBC) of the MesoAmerican-Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission (MACHC) was formed to assess and assist in sustainable development and improvement of the States of the MACHC Region and in particular to assist coastal states within the Region to improve capacity building of hydrographic offices and with hydrographic activities in support of the safety of navigation. MACHC-CBC is closely related with the IHO-CBC and acts in accordance with the IHO-CBC strategic plan and identifies requirements and action plans to contribute to capacity building in this region.
Performance Assessment Report
Prior to the establishment of the MACHC CBC, a report providing results of lessons learned and related recommendations of a three-year capacity building pilot project supported by the MACHC in partnership with the Gulf of Honduras Project from 2008-2011 was developed. In accordance with the IHO capacity building phases, this effort focused on providing Hydrography Type 2 (training on basic hydrographic survey practices - single beam surveys - and related data processing). The final report Performance Assessment Report of the MACHC Hydrographic Surveying Capacity Building Partnership with the Gulf of Honduras project (2008-2011) was a pilot project initiated under the MACHC electronic Chart Committee Working Group 1 that successfully demonstrated the potential for accessing previously untapped international resources to support hydrographic capacity building, particularly in the acquisition of survey equipment that the countries would not have otherwise been able to attain via limited IHO Capacity Building resources.