Story Global Ballast Water Convention (BW Convention) adopted to control ballast water transportation of invasive species

Invasion of species that become harmful to health, environment or to agriculture, forestry, fisheries and industry is an increasing problem, which was dealt with in general at the conference of the parties (COP7) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)in Kuala Lumpur. Transportation of species (mussels, crabs, fish, snail, algae, mostly in juvenile forms) in ballast water contributes to heavily to such invasions. To help control such invasions the BW Convention (the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships Ballast Water and Sediments) was adopted in London on 13 February 2004, at a meeting of 74 members of IMO (International Maritime Organization) and by 18 international NGOs.

 

See also http://www.cbd.int/.

Release date 23/02/2004
Contributor pinborg
Concerned URL http://globallast.imo.org/
Source http://globallast.imo.org/