The Project

The project is a partnership between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) co assisted by the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the World Ocean Council (WOC).

PERSGA was selected among other seven regional organizations to run this project for the coming five years. The project is funded by GEF for 6.9 Million $US. Four countries, namely: Jordan, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia, from the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Region participate in this project. The project aims to protect the marine biodiversity by minimizing the impacts from aquatic Biofouling organisms and support Goal number 14, life below water, of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Projects Objectives

The overall objective of the GloFouling Partnership Project is to build capacity in developing countries for implementing the IMO Biofouling and other relevant guidelines for biofouling management and to catalyse overall reductions in the trans-boundary introduction of biofouling-mediated IAS with additional benefits in the reduction of GHG emissions from global shipping.

Glofouling Partnership project communication strategy

The environmental threats and socioeconomic impacts that could be derived from the transfer of IAS can be summarized below.

Environmental Threats:


Damage to commercial and recreational fishery and aquaculture


Modification of physical structures


Alteration of overall habitat dynamics and fundamental changes in ecosystems


Predation on and competition with native species

Socio Economic  Impacts:


Removal of natives’ species from recreational fishing areas (e.g parasite or viral infection). Threat to aquaculture operations by fouling structures , equipment


Damage to coastal infrastructures (tourism, water cooling intakes and heat exchangers for power plants, desalination plants intake, etc). Reduce value of waterfront properties. Biofouling of commercial craft and standing/fixed structures


Reduction in amenity value. Loss of tourist attractions (beach deterioration/change). Restricted access for coastal recreation. Bioturbation and erosion from burrowing fauna


Removal of traditional food and recreational species. Collapse in biodiversity toward a monoculture habitat. Over-exploitation of primary productivity collapsing native food chains.

What are the environmental threats and socio-economic impacts?

The GloFouling Partnership project coordination unit in collaboration with the IOC-UNESCO, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and World Maritime University (WMU) has implemented a multi-faceted communication strategy which includes several on-line tools and social media platforms, such as conferences, seminars, video clips animations, e-deliverytraining courses.