A new GESAMP working group on Marine Geoengineering (WG41) held its first meeting at the IMO Headquarters on the 23rd of May. The working group, established at the forty-second session of GESAMP, held in Paris last year, is being led by IMO with the support from IOC of UNESCO and WMO.
The working group's overall objective is to better understand the potential impacts of proposed marine geoengineering techniques on the marine envrionment including social and economic consequences. The WG will also provide advice to the London Protocol Parties to assist them in identifying those marine geoengineering techniques that it might be sensible to consider for listing in the new Annex 4 of the Protocol.
The incpetion meeting, under the chairmanship of Dr. Chris Vivian (UK) and Professor Philip Boyd (Australia), included scientists from Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Group will deliver a high level assessment report to the nine UN Sponsoring Agencies, which make up GESAMP, in 2018.
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