IMO | Marine geoengineering including ocean fertilization to be regulated

On 18 October 2013, the 35th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter took place at IMO Headquarters. Photo from left to right:  Mrs. Sue Milburn-Hopwood (Canada)Chairperson, Edward Kleverlaan, Head, Office for the London Convention/Protocol and Ocean Affairs, Fredrik Haag, Technical Officer, OLCP
On 18 October 2013, the 35th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter took place at IMO Headquarters.
Photo from left to right:
Mrs. Sue Milburn-Hopwood (Canada)Chairperson, Edward Kleverlaan, Head, Office for the London Convention/Protocol and Ocean Affairs, Fredrik Haag, Technical Officer, OLCP
Marine geoengineering, including ocean fertilization, will be regulated under amendments to the 1996 Protocol to the international treaty which regulates the dumping of wastes and other matter at sea.

 

The amendments, adopted on Friday (18 October)  by Parties to the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972, add a new article 6bis which states that “Contracting Parties shall not allow the placement of matter into the sea from vessels, aircraft, platforms or other man-made structures at sea for marine geoengineering activities listed in Annex 4, unless the listing provides that the activity or the sub-category of an activity may be authorized under a permit”.

 

Marine geoengineering is defined as “a deliberate intervention in the marine environment to manipulate natural processes, including to counteract anthropogenic climate change and/or its impacts, and that has the potential to result in deleterious effects, especially where those effects may be widespread, long-lasting or severe”.

 

Read more in the IMO News Release

 

Leave a Reply