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:
Correspondence Group on the relevance of inputs of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) into the marine environment
Lead: Thomas Hofer (Germany)
Co-Chair: Mattias Grote (Germany)
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.
Correspondence Group on the impact of residues of chronic oil spills
Lead: Felicia Chinwe Mogo (Nigeria), Ana Carolina Ruiz Fernandez (Mexico)
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.
Correspondence Group on the issue of the arrival of pelagic Sargassum
Lead: Peter Kershaw (United Kingdom), Ahmad Abu Hilal (Jordan) Christopher Cox
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.
Correspondence Group on the issue of emerging pollutants in wastewater
Lead: Felicia Mogo (Nigeria) and Birguy Lamizana (UN Environment)
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.
Correspondence Group on sand and gravel mining: updating the information on sources and levels of the main pollutants impacting the global marine environment
Lead: Emmanuel Ajao (Nigeria) and Joana Akrofi (UN Environment)
The Correspondence Group will revise the scoping paper in the intersessional period with expanded membership for consideration at the next annual session.
Correspondence on Updating the Information on Sources and Levels of the Main Pollutants Impacting the Global Marine Environment
Lead: David Vousden (South Africa)
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'.