IMO’s GloBallast programme wins IMarEST Queen's Golden Jubilee Marine Environment Award
The GEF/UNDP/IMO GloBallast Programme, a project, executed by IMO which is aimed at preventing the spread of unwanted alien organisms in ballast water, has won the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Queen's Golden Jubilee Marine Environment Award.
The GloBallast implementation team, including the Programme Co-ordination Unit in IMO's Marine Environment Division, and counterparts in the six GloBallast Pilot Countries (Brazil, China, India, Iran, South Africa and Ukraine), was selected as one of three finalists for the IMarEST award.
The final "heat" was held on the evening of 1 October 2003, when the finalists made a presentation to the judging panel and a general audience at IMarEST's London headquarters.
The three finalists were:
IMO is developing mandatory regulations to address the problem and a diplomatic Conference is scheduled to be held in February 2004 to adopt a new International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.
The Organization has joined forces with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), individual countries and the private sector to implement the GloBallast Programme, which is an international technical co-operation programme executed by IMO, with funding from GEF, through UNDP, and with support from individual countries and the shipping industry. GloBallast activities commenced in March 2000.
The Nominee for the award was the implementation team of the GloBallast Programme, including the four-person Programme Coordination Unit at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, the counterparts in the six Pilot Countries in Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, South Asia and South America and other partners involved in the Programme.
The full paper by the GEF/UNDP/IMO Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast) presented to IMarEST is available on request.
details on the GloBallast programme please contact:
Golden Jubilee Medal
IMarEST has been a non-governmental organization in consultative status with IMO since 1995.
For further information
on the award see the IMarEST website: http://www.imarest.org
IMO - the International Maritime Organization - is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
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