World Hydrography Day

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21 Jun 2006 - 18 Jan 2016
Today, the world is celebrating the first annual World Hydrography Day. The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/60/30 in November of 2005 to highlight the role of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in advancing global navigation safety and protection of the marine environment. The Resolution and corresponding theme for this first year of World Hydrography Day highlights 85 years of the IHO Advancing Worldwide Safety of Navigation.

We all depend on safe navigation for economic, environmental and national security. In recent decades, a number of important factors have emerged to emphasize the need for adequate hydrographic survey coverage and accurate nautical charts of our waters including: the rapid growth in the number and size of deep draft ships carrying valuable and potentially hazardous cargo, the need to protect the marine environment, military deployment and changing maritime trade patterns, the growing importance of seabed resources, and the U.N. Law of the Sea Convention affecting areas of national jurisdiction and security.

World Hydrography Day provides a new opportunity to recognize our dependence on maritime transport and the significant contribution that accurate hydrographic data makes to safe navigation, reducing the risk of accidents at sea, and environmental protection.

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