05 September, Monaco: The Chairman of the GEBCO Guiding Committee, Vice Admiral (Rtd) Shin Tani, has announced “with great regret” the resignation of Satinder Bindra as Director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which has the objective of mapping the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by the year 2030.
In a statement issued by GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans), Vice Admiral Shin Tani paid tribute to “Satinder’s passion, commitment and communications skills, which have seen Seabed 2030 well on its way to becoming a global movement”.
“Satinder steps down having successfully completed his task of taking the project from its establishment to its operational phase. This has been an outstanding commitment in terms of the time taken by Satinder and we, in the ocean community, will always be grateful to him”, Admiral Shin Tani continued.
In the first year, under Satinder’s guidance and with funding from The Nippon Foundation, a global data centre and four centres have been established, with a contingent of 24 staff. Over 40 maritime organisations are now partnering with the project, and a successful media campaign has introduced Seabed 2030 to the world, resulting in private sector data worth almost $35 million being donated to the global grid.
An update on current and future project activities will soon be announced.
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The Nippon Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation, was established in 1962 for the purpose of carrying out philanthropic activities, using revenue from motorboat racing. The Foundation’s overall objectives include social innovation, assistance for humanitarian activities and global ocean management. Its philanthropic ideals embrace social development and self-sufficiency, and it pursues these principles by working to improve public health and education, alleviate poverty, eliminate hunger and help the disabled.
The General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) partners The Nippon Foundation in the Seabed 2030 Project. GEBCO is a joint project of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO – the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. It is the only organisation with a mandate to map the entire ocean floor. It has its origins in the GEBCO chart series initiated in 1903 by Prince Albert I of Monaco, and aims to provide the most authoritative, publicly-available bathymetric datasets for the world’s oceans.