Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water (GloBallast Partnerships)

Project Summary

The overall objective of GloBallast Partnerships is to promote the development of regional partnerships that will implement coordinated long-term measures to minimize the adverse impacts of aquatic invasive species transferred through ships’ ballast water on coastal and marine ecosystems, economy, human health and well-being in accordance with the relevant IMO international Convention. Related to this, two development objectives have been identified as follows:·To promote regional partnerships, based on existing regional structures and programmes, for the effective implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, building on the experience and through the expertise accumulated in the six Pilot Countries.·To integrate regional ballast water programmes with other marine and coastal environmental management strategies. The objectives of GloBallast Partnerships should be a logical expansion of the pilot phase, with a greater regional focus and more emphasis on integrated management. The project is designed to build on the regional approach established during the pilot phase and is based on the principle of integrated implementation.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
GEF Period:
GEF - 4
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
699,840 USD
GEF Project Grant
5,688,000 USD
Co-financing Total
17,701,939 USD
GEF Agency Fees
574,906 USD
Total Cost 24,089,779.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
03 Oct 2003
Preparation Grant Approved
22 Mar 2005
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2007
Project Approved for Implementation
31 Aug 2007
Project closed
29 Sep 2012