GloFouling Partnerships is part of the wider efforts by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive species. This work began in 2001 under the GloBallast Programme.
Project strategy: IMO's Glo-X Pyramid model of project implementation
The adapted version of the full Glo-X pyramid model pictured below, illustrates how the Legal, Policy and Institutional Review (LPIR) roadmap integrates with the engagement of private sector industries through their participation in a public-private partnership created by the GloFouling Project to catalyse technology development, cooperation, transfer and demonstration, which is implemented in parallel to the LPIR process also at the global, regional, national and local level.
The overall objective of the GloFouling Partnership Project is to build capacity in developing countries for implementing the IMO Biofouling and other relevant guidelines for biofouling management and to catalyse overall reductions in the transboundary introduction of biofouling-mediated IAS with additional benefits in the reduction of GHG emissions from global shipping.
While IMO will focus on shipping and associated industries, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) has joined the three main partners (GEF, UNDP and IMO) to lead the approach to other marine sectors with a view to developing best practices that may address the transfer of invasive aquatic species through improved biofouling management. IOC-UNESCO will work hand in hand with the GloFouling Project team at IMO to increase awareness of this environmental challenge among key stakeholders. See more