Stopping the ballast water stowaways Brochure
Marine species are being carried around the world in ships’
ballast water. When discharged into new environments,
they may become invasive and severely disrupt the
native ecology, impact economic activities such as
fisheries and cause disease and even death in humans.
Guidelines for Development of a National Ballast Water Management Strategy
J. Tamelander, L. Riddering,
F. Haag and J. Matheickal
GloBallast Monograph Series No.18
This manual has been prepared through collaboration between the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships
Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Global Marine
Programme. It responds to requests from countries for assistance in strengthening and developing national
regulatory frameworks related to marine Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in particular with respect to the
transfer of potentially harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships’ ballast water and sediments.
The manual is directed at national level practitioners as a hands-on guide to the development of national
ballast water management strategies. It is intended as a source of basic information and as step-by-step
guidance in the development of national ballast water management strategies. As such it can be used as a
‘cook book’ throughout a process, or as a resource/reference book. Several other, related guidelines are
being prepared by the GloBallast Partnerships Programme, together with IUCN and other institutions.
These include Guidelines for National Ballast Water Status Assessments, Guidelines for Economic
Assessments of the Impacts of Marine Invasive Alien Species, and Guidelines for Legal Reform. All
Guidelines will be available from the GloBallast Partnerships website, http://globallast.imo.org.
The manual is divided into six sections, the first two containing an introduction to the issue of invasive
alien species and the role of shipping and ballast water in their spread. Section 3 provides and overview of
international, regional and national policies and legislation related to IAS, section 4 information on why a
national ballast water management strategy is needed. Section 5 details procedural guidance for the
development of a national ballast water management strategy. References and sources of additional
information are provided in section 6. The guidelines further provide a number of annexes, including
templates for a national ballast water management strategy and related work plans, guidelines for national
task forces and a sample national ballast water management strategy.
This manual is based on numerous sources of information, listed in the references section, and draws
heavily on Module 8 “Development of a National Strategic Framework for BWM” of the Introductory
Course on Ballast Water Management developed by GloBallast.
Climate Change: A Challenge for IMO Too!
A film by the Global Environment Facility funded, UN Development Programme implemented, International Maritime Organization executed project, “Ballast Water Partnerships”. On World Maritime Day 2009, IMO launched Climate Change: a challenge for IMO too!, a new short DVD film, which highlights the current situation of the world's international merchant fleet with regard to its energy efficiency and carbon footprint, as well as the challenges faced by IMO in its efforts to effectively control greenhouse gas emissions from ships engaged in international trade.
2013 Results Note - Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast Partnerships)
2013 IW Results Note, produced by Kenneth Lang Andrew Hudson covering projects 610 and 2261, Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast Partnerships)