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  • For reasons of economy, this document is printed in a limited number. Delegates are kindly asked to bring their copies to meetings and not to request additional copies.

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    INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

    IMO

    E

    SCIENTIFIC GROUP OF THE LONDON CONVENTION – 31st Meeting; and SCIENTIFIC GROUP OF THE LONDON PROTOCOL – 2nd Meeting 19 – 23 May 2008 Agenda item 16

    LC/SG 31/16 7 July 2008 Original: ENGLISH

    REPORT OF THE THIRTY-FIRST MEETING OF THE SCIENTIFIC GROUP OF THE LONDON CONVENTION AND THE SECOND MEETING OF THE

    SCIENTIFIC GROUP OF THE LONDON PROTOCOL

    Table of contents Section

    Paragraph Nos. Page Nos.

    1 INTRODUCTION ……………………………………….…..

    1.1 – 1.14 4 – 6

    2 OCEAN FERTILIZATION .…………………………….…..

    2.1 – 2.30 6 – 12

    3 WASTE ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE ....……………...……

    3.1 – 3.53 12 – 20

    4 CO2 SEQUESTRATION IN SUB-SEABED GEOLOGICAL FORMATIONS ........................................……………...……

    4.1 – 4.18

    20 – 23

    5 DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDANCE FOR THE PLACEMENT OF ARTIFICIAL REEFS ..........................….

    5.1 – 5.15

    23 – 26

    6 REPORTING ON DUMPING ACTIVITIES ................….…

    6.1 – 6.23 26 – 29

    7 TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE .……

    7.1 – 7.71 29 – 40

    8 MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT .…………………………………………..

    8.1 – 8.38

    40 – 46

    9 COASTAL MANAGEMENT ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH ACTIVITIES TO PREVENT MARINE POLLUTION ..................................................................……

    9.1 – 9.24

    47 – 50

    10 HABITAT MODIFICATION AND ENHANCEMENT …… 10.1 – 10.12 50 – 52

    11 OUTCOME OF “SCIENCE DAY” ..……………………….. 11.1 – 11.4 52 – 53

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    Section

    Paragraph Nos. Page Nos.

    12 GUIDELINES, MANUALS, BIBLIOGRAPHIES AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE ……………………………..

    12.1 – 12.7 53 – 54

    13 REVIEW OF THE JOINT WORK PROGRAMME ………..

    13.1 – 13.6 54 – 55

    14 ANY OTHER BUSINESS…………………………………...

    14.1 – 14.17 56 – 58

    15 ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR BOTH SCIENTIFIC GROUPS ............................…………………........................

    15.1 – 15.2

    58

    16 CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE REPORT... 16 58

    LIST OF ANNEXES

    ANNEX 1 AGENDA FOR THE 31ST MEETING OF THE SCIENTIFIC GROUP UNDER THE LONDON CONVENTION AND THE 2ND MEETING OF THE SCIENTIFIC GROUP UNDER THE LONDON PROTOCOL

    ANNEX 2 OUTCOME OF THE WORKING GROUP ON OCEAN FERTILIZATION ANNEX 3 PROPOSED WEBSITE NAMES FOR THE GENERIC GUIDELINES AND

    THE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES ANNEX 4 DRAFT REVISED GUIDELINES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF WASTES OR

    OTHER MATTER THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR DUMPING ANNEX 5 DRAFT REVISED SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF

    INERT, INORGANIC GEOLOGICAL MATERIAL ANNEX 6 WORK PLAN ON REVIEW OF THE BULKY ITEMS GUIDELINES ANNEX 7 FINAL SURVEY REPORT ON USABILITY AND COMMUNICATION OF

    THE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR WASTE ASSESSMENT UNDER THE LONDON CONVENTION AND PROTOCOL INCORPORATING A RESPONSE TO ISSUES RAISED

    ANNEX 8 DRAFT FORMAT FOR REPORTING ON CO2 SEQUESTRATION IN

    SUB-SEABED GEOLOGICAL FORMATIONS UNDER THE LONDON PROTOCOL (WORK IN PROGRESS)

    ANNEX 9 DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION PLAN OF THE “BARRIERS TO

    COMPLIANCE” PROJECT ANNEX 10 DRAFT GUIDANCE ON MANAGING SPOILT CARGOES

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    ANNEX 11 DRAFT GUIDANCE ON BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF REMOVAL OF TBT PAINTS FROM SHIPS (WORK IN PROGRESS)

    ANNEX 12 JOINT WORK PROGRAMME OF THE SCIENTIFIC GROUPS

    (THIRTY-SECOND, THIRTY-THIRD and THIRTY-FOURTH MEETINGS) NOTE: PARAGRAPHS STATING SUBSTANTIVE DECISIONS OF THE MEETINGS

    ARE SHOWN IN BOLD.

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    INTRODUCTION 1.1 The 31st meeting of the Scientific Group under the London Convention and the 2nd meeting of the Scientific Group under the London Protocol were convened at the Simon Bolivar Conference Centre, Guayaquil, Ecuador, from 19 to 23 May 2008 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Chris Vivian (United Kingdom). 1.2 The meetings were attended by delegations from the following 18 Contracting Parties to the London Convention 1972:

    AUSTRALIA BELGIUM CANADA CHINA FRANCE GERMANY IRELAND ITALY JAPAN

    MEXICO NETHERLANDS NORWAY PERU REPUBLIC OF KOREA SOUTH AFRICA SPAIN UNITED KINGDOM UNITED STATES

    1.3 The meetings were attended by delegations from the following 14 Contracting Parties to the London Protocol 1996:

    AUSTRALIA BELGIUM CANADA CHINA FRANCE GERMANY IRELAND

    ITALY JAPAN NORWAY SAUDI ARABIA SOUTH AFRICA SPAIN UNITED KINGDOM

    1.4 Observers from the following State that is neither a Contracting Party to the London Convention 1972 nor to the London Protocol 1996 also attended:

    ECUADOR 1.5 Representatives from the following United Nations organizations attended the meetings:

    UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION – INTERGOVERNMENTAL OCEANIC COMMITTEE (UNESCO-IOC)

    UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) 1.6 Observers from the following intergovernmental organizations attended the meetings:

    PERMANENT COMMISSION FOR THE SOUTH PACIFIC (CPPS) NORTH PACIFIC MARINE SCIENCE ORGANIZATION (PICES)

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    1.7 The meetings were also attended by observers from the following international non-governmental organizations:

    GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL WORLD ORGANISATION OF DREDGING ASSOCIATIONS (WODA)

    OPENING OF THE MEETINGS 1.8 The Chairman opened the proceedings by welcoming all participants to this second joint session of the Scientific Groups. ADDRESS OF WELCOME 1.9 The Ecuadorian Minister for Environment, Ms Marcela Aguiñaga, welcomed all delegates to Guayaquil. She emphasized the importance of Ecuador’s membership to international agreements to protect the marine environment as a foundation for its environmental policies and the value of scientific and technical meetings to evaluate the implications of threats to the marine environment, including those of ocean iron fertilization. This had resulted in the clear message which Ecuador and neighbouring States had given jointly in November 2007 that large-scale ocean iron fertilization activities would not be acceptable. She thanked all who had supported this position. 1.10 Admiral Luis Jaramillo Arias, Director of the Directorate-General of Merchant Marine in Ecuador, DIGMER, also welcomed all delegates to Guayaquil. He expressed his appreciation for the IMO/CPPS Regional Workshop to promote the London Protocol, which had been held in Guayaquil from 10 to 12 October 2007. This Workshop had been instrumental in preparing Ecuador’s position on ocean iron fertilization. He informed the meetings of the importance of Ecuador’s membership to several IMO conventions, including MARPOL 73/78, SOLAS, OPRC, Intervention Convention, and FUND 1992, as well as the status of the Galapagos Islands as a “Particularly Sensitive Sea Area” with a number of associated protective measures, such as “ships routeing” and “areas to be avoided”. He indicated that Ecuador’s preparation to accede to the London Protocol was progressing well. 1.11 Dr. Fernando Pardo, Under Secretary, Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) also welcomed the delegates to the meetings and informed the meetings of the scope and objectives of the CPPS and the “Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Area of the South-east Pacific”, as well as of the good relationship which the CPPS had established with the LC/LP Parties and with the Office for the London Convention and Protocol for the benefit of both constituencies. 1.12 Mr. René Coenen, Head of the Office for the London Convention and Protocol, also welcomed the delegates on behalf of IMO and drew attention to the wide variety of more traditional as well as new items for discussion by the Scientific Groups at this session, which demonstrated the continuous relevance of the London Convention and Protocol for the protection of the marine environment. 1.13 In response, the Chairman commended Ecuador for the active role it played in matters to protect the marine environment and mentioned that the concerns about ocean iron fertilization, initially by the Action Plan countries, had since been shared by London Convention and Protocol Parties and other countries. These concerns had resulted in the wide attention which this issue would receive in the agenda of the Scientific Groups at this session. He also thanked the

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    Minister, the Ecuadorian Government and the CPPS Secretariat for the excellent arrangements they had made to receive the Scientific Groups in the city of Guayaquil. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA 1.14 The provisional agenda (LC/SG 31/1) was adopted and is shown in annex 1 to t