Website design and development

The International Maritime Organisation - MEPSEAS

The IMO’s latest project to protect South-East Asia’s seas.
June 2019
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NB has extensive experience delivering bespoke websites for inter-governmental organisations based in London. A noteworthy example is the new site we developed for for the MEPSEAS project.

The ambitious MEPSEAS initiative aims to improve the environmental health of the South East Asian Seas.

Implemented by the International Maritme Organization, MEPSEAS involves the seven ASEAN countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam)

How we got there

Background

NB Communication has been working in the inter-governmental organisation (IGO) field for some years now. In this time, we've struck a close partnership with the International Maritime Organization’s team in London. They tasked us to develop a brand new website for the MEPSEAS programme. This programme sets out conventions for seven South-East Asian countries to aim to adhere to. The aim of this project is to better protect the seas around the region.

We planned, designed, developed and launched the new website on behalf of the IMO for the MEPSEAS project. They required a convenient point of information for industry-related personnel as well as the general public who have a keen interest in the ocean environment in South-East Asia.

Being that MEPSEAS is a new project, at the time of beginning work on this website, it did not have much of an online presence. We wanted to help create a site that would promote the work the IMO are doing in the area better. One such way of doing this was ensuring that we built a site that would turn out strong search results in search engines such as Google.

Challenge

With no existing website in place for the MEPSEAS project, we had to work from a completely blank slate to create something that best represented what it’s all about. We ensured that it conveys the fact that the work IMO are doing in South-East Asia is important. We had to keep in mind that the site had to provide in-depth information to those working in the IGO sector with a specific interest in this type of work. We also knew that it needed to convey to the general public the key messages of how this MEPSEAS project is vital to helping give this unique region the protection it needs.

Solution

We worked remotely with key staff from the International Maritime Organisation’s headquarters in London. Firstly, we gained a good understanding of what the MEPSEAS project entails. We used this to then plan out a layout and structure for the site that would meet the challenges. We used experience gained from previous jobs with inter-governmental organisations to share our ideas on how things like information on conventions and documents that people who may attend MEPSEAS-related meetings can access.

One important aspect of the job was replicating the data that MEPSEAS were holding in a spreadsheet. This was recording how the seven countries involved in the project were progressing with each of the conventions. We turned it into something digital and very simple for the IMO to keep updated. We developed an interactive progress chart which now allows their staff to simply change colours of boxes on a matrix-style table to highlight progress. They can mark conventions which are completed, in-progress, and yet to be started, by each country. This information is important to all involved in the project and being able to update it with ease and view the information at a glance makes it an excellent resource for them.

Individual Country Profile Pages

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Easily Updatable & Interactive Progress Chart

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Database Of Upcoming & Previous MEPSEAS Meetings

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Results

The website went live in spring 2019, and has so far become the focal point of all MEPSEAS-related online activity for the International Maritime Organisation. The site has garnered traffic not only from the UK, but numerous countries in the South-East Asia region, who will have a vested interest in the progress of this project.

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