1, The workshop recognized that a number of Themes are now mature or nearing approval. Oceans, Water Cycle, Geohazards, Carbon, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Coastal Themes may all be approved by June 2004. It is recommended that these forms serve as major input for implementation of the first phase of GEO.
2, IGOS has demonstrated the importance of a step-wise approach to implementation. It is recommended that GEO adopt the same approach, including existing IGOS Themes.
3, It is recognized that both the GEO and IGOS-P communities recognize the value of the GEO process in securing necessary support for all elements of the IGOS Themes – both satellite and in-situ observing systems, modeling, communications etc. Further steps should be taken to make the necessary linkages between the two frameworks – including incorporation of the IGOS Themes into the GEO Implementation Plan.
4, GEO should urge its member governments and international organizations to facilitate data integration and access to data and to promote data exchange and distribution.
5, Greater emphasis should be given to ‘capacity building’ in the definition and implementation of IGOS Themes.
6, The workshop recognized a common need of many of the IGOS Themes to better define their implementation plans, including: a clear statement of the institutional framework, responsibilities and leadership; main data products and services; and user groups.
7, The Themes need to ensure that their quoted requirements represent the needs of the proposed user communities. It is recommended that each Theme considers one or more technical workshops to define their implementation plans and to achieve community ownership.
8, The success of the workshop demonstrated the need for IGOS-P to further develop its public profile. Suitable profile-raising outreach activities should be undertaken.
9, For each IGOS-P Theme, key issues and gaps identified in this workshop spliter sessions should be considered for either developing, revising or implementing the Theme report.