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Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water (GloBallast Partnerships)

The overall objective of GloBallast Partnerships is to promote the development of regional partnerships that will implement coordinated long-term measures to minimize the adverse impacts of aquatic invasive species transferred through ships’ ballast water on coastal and marine ecosystems, economy, human health and well-being in accordance with the relevant IMO international Convention. Related to this, two development objectives have been identified as follows: ·To promote regional partnerships, based on existing regional structures and programmes, for the effective implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, building on the experience and through the expertise accumulated in the six Pilot Countries. ·To integrate regional ballast water programmes with other marine and coastal environmental management strategies. The objectives of GloBallast Partnerships should be a logical expansion of the pilot phase, with a greater regional focus and more emphasis on integrated management. The project is designed to build on the regional approach established during the pilot phase and is based on the principle of integrated implementation.


Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 2261
Project type Full-Sized Project
Project Status Under Implementation
Start Date 13 Jun 2007
End Date 30 Sep 2016
Project documents
Experience Note
Mid-term Evaluation
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area
GEF Allocation to project 5.70M US$
Total Cost of the project: 24.10M US$
Argentina , Bahamas , Brazil , Chile , China , Croatia , Egypt , Ghana , India , Jamaica , Nigeria , South Africa , Turkey , Ukraine , Venezuela

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Mr. Jose Matheickal Chief Technical Advisor
Mr. Antoine Blonce Technical Adviser
Dr. Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance
Mr John Alonso Principal Project Assistant