The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Programme (GloBallast) invited the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA) and it’s Lead Partnering Countries (Egypt, Jordan and Yemen) to attend a three day workshop in Gebze-Turkey during the period 2-4 June 2015. Participants from Turkey, Croatia, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt and Jordan in addition to a representative from the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and IMO representatives. Dr. Salim Al-Moghrabi represented PERSGA in this training.
The objective of the workshop was to train trainers, port states officers and biologists, on sampling and analyses of Ballast water under the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The Convention addresses the transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms (HAO) and pathogens in ships’ ballast water, which ultimately, will reduce the negative impact on marine ecosystems and protect human health.
The training involved shipboard and seawater sampling which were taken and analyzed at Tubitak Marmara Research Environment and Cleaner Production Institute in Gebze-Turkey. The workshop was delivered by two competent consultants Dr. Stephan Gollasch and Dr. David Matej.
By the end of the workshop the participants received a memory stick containing all the material presented during the workshop with the Certificate of participation.