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IPPIC Endorses GEF-UNDP GloFouling Project

Project Aims to Protect Marine Ecosystems from Invasive Aquatic Species via Ship Hulls

May 2, 2018 — The International Paint and Printing Ink Council, Inc. (IPPIC) has endorsed the GloFouling Partnerships project. The project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and is intended to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species. The GloFouling Partnerships project will focus on preventing the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling on ships’ underwater hull and structures.

The project will also promote the implementation of the July 2011 IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide guidance on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to reduce the transfer of invasive aquatic species.

The GloFouling project will build on the success of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project, which worked to build capacity to implement IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The BWM treaty addresses the transfer of potentially invasive aquatic species via the ballast water of ships.

IPPIC is a strategic partner in support of the GloFouling project, helping advance the project’s goals. Notably, IPPIC has long been active in the prevention of biofouling, including educating the marine community, and creating and publishing with IMarESTtemplate for the completion of a biofouling management plan to help ship owners and operators comply with their obligations under the IMO biofouling guidelines. This template, introduced at the 70th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, has subsequently been endorsed by key regulatory agencies, including those in California and New Zealand. IPPIC members also undertake extensive research and development efforts to develop and improve key antifouling technologies. These efforts provide tangible environmental benefits, both by averting the introduction of problematic invasive species which might attach themselves to the hulls of fouled vessels, and by increasing hull efficiency, which is a key contributor to the IMO’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The GloFouling project will build capacity in developing countries to reduce the transboundary introduction of biofouling-mediated invasive aquatic species. IPPIC will support these efforts to help address the risks posed by Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP) transferred via biofouling, which is another vector for transfer of HAOP as important as ballast water.

The GloFouling Partnerships project concept was approved by the GEF Council in May 2017, with a total funding of $6.9 million (US) earmarked for implementation. The IMO, as the implementing agency, is working to launch the program later in 2018.

About IPPIC:  IPPIC is comprised of members representing associations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. The Secretariat position is currently served by the American Coatings Association. IPPIC provides a forum for information exchange and cooperation on the major issues and priorities facing the paint and printing ink industries worldwide. For information about IPPIC and the activities it is involved in on behalf of the global paint and coatings industry, go to www.ippic.org.

For over two decades IPPIC has worked to improve communication and coordinate policy on matters of international concern to the paint and printing inks industry. The council provides a forum for exchange and cooperation on major issues and priorities facing the industry, and has established itself as a global voice for the industry.

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