At least 1.5 billion people on this planet Earth are profoundly
influenced by the Indian Ocean characterised by a fragile
living environment that is sensitive to climate changes,
natural disasters and human impact.
There is an imperative need to take a pro-active role
and concerted actions to understand the Ocean and Coasts
for making informed decisions that save lives and protect
living habitats and resources in the Indian Ocean region.
Need to contribute, collectively, to the progress of ocean
observations, ocean science and operational oceanography,
focussing on these imperative needs of the Indian Ocean
Recongnized the important role taken by the Global Ocean
Observing System (GOOS) sponsored by United Nations Agencies
(Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; World
Meteorological Organisation; and United Nations Environment
Programme) and the International Council of Scientific Unions,
to facilitate a global coordination of ocean and coastal
observing systems and to catalyse formation of alliances
between nations to focus effort on their pressing regional
Need to establish IOGOOS to provide an
organizational framework for planning, coordination
and effective implementation of appropriate regional and
sub-regional ocean and coastal observing systems and services.