43rd Session of GESAMP

43rd Session of GESAMP

The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) met for its 43rd annual session in Nairobi, Kenya (14-18 November).  One of its outcomes is new work undertaken by a dedicated working group to assess the environmental impacts of wastes from mining operations which have been disposed into the marine environment.

The agenda covered the groups' current work on evaluation of the hazards of harmful substances carried by ships and the review of applications for 'active substances' to be used in ballast water management systems. The experts also discussed the input of chemicals to the oceans from the atmosphere.  They also looked at trends in global pollution in coastal environments, current studies on the sources, fate and effects of micro-plastics in the environment and marine geoengineering. GESAMP also discussed its role in and contribution to UN related processes such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its engagement with the wider international community.