The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Project will drive actions to implement the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling, which provide a globally-consistent approach on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to minimise the transfer of invasive aquatic species through ships' hulls. The project will also spur the development of best practices and standards for improved biofouling management in other ocean industries.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is providing a US$6.9 million grant to deliver a range of governance reforms at the national level through numerous capacity-building activities, training workshops and opportunities for technology adoption to help address the issue of invasive species.
In addition to the seed funding provided by GEF, UNDP, IMO, participating countries and project strategic partners are expected to contribute co-financing in the region of US$40 million, both cash and in-kind.
Twelve countries, representing a mix of developing nations and Small Island Developing States, will spearhead the work of the GloFouling Project as Lead Partnering Countries (LPCs):
Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tonga.
Additionally, six regional environmental organizations and over 60 strategic partners (a mix of industry associations, INGOs, universities and research facilities) participate in the development of the project outputs.