Celebrated every year on 21st June, the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) has been raising awareness of World Hydrography Day since 2005, when the United Nations General Assembly welcomed in Resolution A/60/30, which not only introduced World Hydrography Day, but also ensured to promote the importance of safe navigation worldwide.
The aim of this holiday is to emphasise the importance of hydrography, particularly in the protection of marine reserves and promotion of safe navigation in international waters and ports, aligning under a certain theme.
The theme for this year’s World Hydrography Day is:
“Our seas and waterways – yet to be fully charted and explored”
This theme concentrates on the fact that so much of the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters remain unsurveyed and is intended to raise public awareness that, for example, there are higher resolution maps of the Moon and Mars than for many parts of our seas and coastal waters..
For more information about World Hydrography Day, you can visit the IHO site here.