GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Project Wins International Maritime Award

17 May 2013

The GloBallast Partnerships Project won an award as the “Best Innovative Project” for its efforts in finding solutions to the management of ships’ ballast water.

As a capacity building project, it assists developing countries and their maritime industries in implementing international regulations on ballast water management and preventing risks arising from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms.

The Project is executed by IMO in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

“The GloBallast Project creates appropriate incentives for the private sector to address environmental issues facing the maritime industry,” added GEF CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii.

The award was presented during the 6th Marine BizTV International Maritime Award ceremony in Dubai on 15 May 2013.  Marine BizTV is a 24hr free- to-air global maritime channel which serves as an information platform for international maritime activities.

This is the third international award presented to the GloBallast project since its inception in 2000.  In 2003 it won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2007, the awareness-raising video documentary “Invaders from the Sea”, produced by GloBallast jointly with the BBC, won the Gold Award for Best UN Feature Film at the United Nations Documentary Film Festival.