John AlonsoProject Technical Analyst, GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships at IMO
Mr. John Alonso has an academic background in Political Science, Development and Environmental Economics. He entered IMO in 2011, later joining the GloBallast Partnerships, a capacity-building programme assisting developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ships’ ballast water through the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention. During the last two years, John was part of the IMO team that led the design of the GloFouling Partnerships, a new collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IMO to address marine biofouling. The GloFouling Partnerships was finally launched in December 2018 and Mr. Alonso is currently the Project Technical Analyst.
The GloFouling Partnerships is a 5-year project focused on helping developing countries to prevent marine bioinvasions by organisms which can build up on ships’ hulls and other mobile structures. Apart from shipping, the project will also address other maritime industries, such as ocean energy, aquaculture, ocean instruments, offshore oil and gas and deep sea mining. The project includes implementing partners such as the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and the World Ocean Council.