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  • Submitted by: International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Topic: Oceans & Seas
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  • Date of completion: 2009-02-01
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
Global Ballast Water Management Project

Partner(s)

Governments:
Government of Brazil
Government of China
Government of India
Government of Iran (Islamic Republic of) - Iran
Government of South Africa
Government of Ukraine

Major Groups:
Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) (Netherlands)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (United States of America)

UN System:
International Maritime Organization (IMO) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) (Italy)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (Kenya)
World Health Organization (WHO) (Switzerland)
International Maritime Organization (IMO) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (United States of America)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) (Switzerland)

Description/achievement of initiative

GloBallast Advanced, A programmatic framework for the sustainable continuity of the Global Ballast Water Management Project- Building regional partnership for the effective implementation of international arrangements for ballast water control and management in developing countries
Main objectives of the Partnership/Initiative
The ultimate goal of this Initiative is to assist developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water and to establish regional, integrated strategies to address the threat posed by invasive marine species.
This initiative is a logical extension of the initial project 'Global Ballast Water Management' (GloBallast) executed by IMO since March 2000 and will have a greater regional focus and more emphasis on integrated ocean and coastal zone management.
The development objectives of the Initiative can be summarized as follows:
* To build regional partnership towards effective implementation of global regulations on ballast water management and control;
* To develop and implement national and regional, integrated invasive marine species strategies and action plans; and
* To integrate regional ballast water and invasive marine species programmes with other marine and coastal environmental management arrangements.
This Initiative provides a framework to accomplish the above objectives ensuring that maximum benefits accrue from the foundation work achieved since March 2000

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