Scoping Activities

Scoping activities follow discussions on the identification of new and emerging issues related to the marine environment. If Sponsoring Organizations take an interest in any of these issues they can request that these are explored further by a group of GESAMP members. The members will in turn set up a correspondence group to prepare a scoping paper on the issue.

Scoping activities will be presented at the annual sessions of GESAMP and, following comments and discussions, they can either be refined/developed further or become subjects which will be taken on by Working Group(s).

Correspondence Groups

Correspondence Groups are set up to develop scoping papers on proposals made during the annual sessions on new and emerging issues on marine environmental protection issues. The following correspondence groups are currently in session:

  • Relevance of inputs of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) into the marine environment

    Lead: Thomas Hofer (Germany)

    Co-Chair: Mattias Grote (Germany)

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    Based on the scoping paper accepted as basis for work at this session of GESAMP members will be nominated in 2017/2018 to prepare a revised scoping document in preparation for a workshop in 2018 on the subject.

  • Residues of chronic oil spills

    Lead: Felicia Chinwe Mogo (Nigeria), Ana Carolina Ruiz Fernandez (Mexico)

    Co-Chair: Mattias Grote (Germany)

    Date Established:

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    The Correspondence Group to develop a revised scoping paper in the intersessional period with the involvement of other GESAMP members with expertise on the issue. The paper will take into account other studies and earlier GESAMP reports on the subject.

  • The issue of Pelagic Sargassum seaweed

    Lead: Peter Kershaw (United Kingdom), Ahmad Abu Hilal (Jordan) Christopher Cox (UN Environment)

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    Mission: The Correspondence Group, together with the Sponsoring Organizations involved in the subject, will identify and define a possible role for GESAMP on how it can contribute to their efforts on the subject.

  • Emerging pollutants in wastewater

    Lead: Felicia Mogo (Nigeria) and Birguy Lamizana (UN Environment)

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    Date Established:

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    Mission: The Correspondence Group will revise the scoping paper in the intersessional period with a more clearly defined focus on the marine environment and possibly convene a workshop under the lead of UN Environment for consideration at the next annual session.

  • Sand and gravel mining: updating information on sources and levels of main pollutants

    Lead: Emmanuel Ajao (Nigeria) and Joana Akrofi (UN Environment)

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    Mission: The Correspondence Group will revise the scoping paper in the intersessional period with expanded membership for consideration at the next annual session.

  • Updating the Information on Sources and Levels of the Main Pollutants

    Lead: David Vousden (South Africa)

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    Mission: The task team will prepare a scoping paper in the intersessional period on possible approaches to updating the figures of the figures on '80% land based versus 20% sea based sources of ocean pollution'.