Updated: Mar 2, 2020
In pursuit to tackle invasive aquatic species worldwide, the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships continue to support Lead Partnering Countries to organize their first National Workshops and Task Force meetings. The last workshop of this year was hosted by Jordan from 11 to 12 November 2019 in the port city of Aqaba.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness on biofouling as a pathway for non-indigenous species. It was chaired by Engineer Mohammad Salman (Director of Technical Affairs and Maritime Safety Directorate, Jordan Maritime Commission).
Among the participants were representatives of various maritime sectors, including marina ports and civil society organizations, such as the Arab Women In Maritime Association (AWIMA).
Mr. Salman made a presentation on the need to raise awareness around the biofouling impacts. The talk highlighted biofouling issues and vectors, which triggered an interesting and extensive discussion on the impact of invasive aquatic species along the Jordanian coastline.
Upon the successful completion of the Workshop, participants agreed on the establishment of the National Task Force and agreed on the next steps. A communication platform among all the members of the Task Force will be developed, which will assist to define a national policy on biofouling and invasive species. The members will also draft the national strategy and action plan to implement the IMO Biofouling Guidelines.
The next step for the GloFouling Partnerships in Jordan will be to develop national baseline reports to assess the current situation regarding non-indigenous species and biofouling management practices. Currently available research on the subject will be identified and the potential economic impacts assessed, with a view to facilitate informed policy decision-making.