On 17 February, IOGP was formally approved as an official ‘observer’ member of the ‘Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety’ part of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project, an initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and administered by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“IOGP is delighted to become a member of the IMO’s GIA for Marine Biosafety and looks forward to helping protect marine biodiversity and reduce GHG emissions through improved invasive species management,” says Wendy Brown, IOGP Environment Director.
The ambition of the GIA is two-fold: reduce the transfer of harmful invasive species via biofouling and contribute to global efforts to minimize GHG emissions from shipping. The GIA is expected to join forces with the scientific community and intergovernmental organizations to address these two issues. This is expected to protect marine biodiversity, while also addressing climate change.