United Nations
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
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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