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SOPAC Geonetwork

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The SOPAC "Geonetwork" is an online searchable digital catalogue hosting a collection of the SOPAC's scientific information from the Pacific Region. The regional information storage and retrieval system was developed to enable easy, secure access to ocean data and relevant products and services for end users in the Pacific islands.

Geonetwork is a storage and retrieval system that was developed to enable easy and secure access to ocean observation data and relevant products and services for end-users in Pacific Islands.

The catalogue is maintained using the international ISO 19115 geographic information metadata standard which allows for better management and interoperability of geospatial data.


Geonetwork facilitates and allows the security\, accessibility and sharing of geographically referenced thematic information between different organisations and its guiding principles are:

  • To improve access to and integrated use of SOPAC scientific information.
  • To support decision making in the Pacific region
  • To promote multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development.
  • To enhance understanding of the benefits of geographic information

The OIP has an ongoing commitment to data rescue, collation, storage, data cataloguing and digitisation and undertakes to make ocean data available to members  to support improved decisions.

Through this continuous effort the SOPAC geonetwork now holds a range of ocean data and relevant products such as regional bathymetry datasets, bathymetric charts, topography and technical reports, seismic data, coastal topography datasets and maps, marine and pysio-chemical datasets, maritime boundary information, sea level data (in conjunction from the Pacific Sea level Monitoring Project), regional marine scientific research cruise, satellite imagery, and scanned aerial photographs.

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Ocean Information Systems Support Officer
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:11  


Koror, Palau, Monday April 23rd 2011: Palau’s President, Johnson Toribiong, endorsed his country’s first  National Water Policy this week saying that it “will serve as a clear indicator and important guide for our nation's future economic and sustainable development based on clean and safe water that is essential for the health of our people, ecosystem and economy.”

The policy aims to protect and conserve Palau’s water resources, ensure Palauans have access to safe, affordable, sustainable water supply and wastewater services, and see that these services are managed and operated sustainably and effectively.

The National Water Policy was developed by Palau’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism in partnership with a European Union funded Integrated Water Resources Management (EU IWRM) Planning Project being run by the Secretariat of the Pacific Communities’ Water and Sanitation Programme (SPC WSP).

Gwen Sisior, the Ministry’s Water Policy Officer, said one of the key goals of the policy was to ensure that responsibility for key aspects of water and wastewater management was spread across different organizations in a coordinated and integrated manner.

“What we don’t want to see happen is a fragmented sectoral approach to managing our water supply. Organizations should work together to clarify the specific roles, responsibilities, activities and timelines to implement and support the national water policy,” Ms Sisior said. “Water development and management should be based on a participatory approach and value collaborations from users, planners and policy-makers. Decision-makers should strive to ensure effective communication with all stakeholders, multiple sectors and different levels of various organizations.”