A major international initiative to address biofouling — the GloFouling Project — is being launched with WOC as the lead implementer for engaging ocean industry action with and through key organizations, including IPPIC, which is a strategic partner of the initiative. The project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (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 project focuses on preventing the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling on ships’ underwater hull and structures. The development of innovative coatings that control biofouling on ships, offshore structures, and other key infrastructure involves not only technical research hurdles, but also a host of regulatory challenges producers must face bringing these products to market. Coatings researchers must balance the requirement for products that not only control biofouling effectively, but which do so in a way that is cognizant of the need to minimize ancillary environmental damage, including harm to other species that are not implicated in fouling. In this way, coatings scientists must balance the need for effective treatments while avoiding harm to the marine environment
The IPPIC-led session fits the summit’s 2018 theme, “Ocean Sustainable Development - Connecting Asia and the World,” and is intended to advance action by considering the GloFouling Initiative and the role of coatings in preventing invasive species, the role of coatings in greenhouse gas reduction and greener shipping, regulatory and other challenges to effective biofouling management, and the emergence of the maritime sector in China and how it impacts the market for antifoulingtechnologies.
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