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Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries Minimize the Impacts from Aquatic Biofouling (GloFouling Partnerships)
by International Maritime Organization (IMO) (United Nations entity)
The aim of GloFouling Partnerships is to build capacity in developing countries for implementing the IMO and other relevant guidelines for biofouling management and to catalyze overall reductions in the transboundary introduction of invasive aquatic species through biofouling of ships, with additional benefits in the reduction of GHG emissions from global shipping.

The project aims to bring together both national maritime administrations, the shipping industry, academia and technology developers to discuss the best solutions and encourage technology sharing.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Protect marine ecosystems from invasive aquatic species through ships' hull fouling
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Ratification, accession and acceptance of UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
July 2022
Effective national policies are in place in several developing countries to support implementation of the 2011 Biofouling Guidelines and management of biofouling from ships
July 2022
Over 1000 people capacitated through national and regional training programmes on various aspects of biofouling management
July 2022
2 specialized R&D conferences to exchange the latest information and knowledge on biofouling management and associated technologies
July 2022
Private sector partnerships developed to catalyse innovation and technology transfer related biofouling management
Financing (in USD)
10,000,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Basic information
Time-frame: 2018 July - 2022 July
International Maritime Organization (UN entity), Global Environment Facility (Intergovernmental organization), United Nations Development Programme (UN entity)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jose Matheickal, Chief Technical Adviser, jmatheic@imo.org,
London, UK
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