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 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 Hoefer (Germany)
Co-Chair: Mattias Grote (Germany)
Date Established: 43rdSession, 2016
End Date: 2020
Based on the scoping paper accepted as basis for work at the 44thsession of GESAMP, members had been nominated in 2017/2018 and a workshop took place in Berlin, Germany, in late 2018 on this subject fully financed by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. In 2019, based on the presentations at the workshop, scientists from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America cooperated in drafting a GESAMP report which is planned to be finalized in early 2020.
The issue of Pelagic Sargassum seaweed
Lead: Peter Kershaw (United Kingdom), Ahmad Abu Hilal (Jordan) Christopher Cox (UN Environment)
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.
Sand and gravel mining: updating information on sources and levels of main pollutants
Lead: Emmanuel Ajao (Nigeria) and Joana Akrofi (UN Environment)
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)
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'.