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Global Partnership for Mitigation of Underwater Noise from Shipping (GloNoise Partnership)

To establish a truly global partnership to engage and assist developing countries to raise awareness, build capacity, define baselines and promote international policy dialogue on the mitigation of underwater noise from shipping.

Co-financing by IMO IMO will provide significant co-financing levels via (1) direct IMO personnel time,

(2) cash input by the IMO and (3) the use of infrastructure of IMO and resources for facilitating the

government and industry participants at IMO MEPC and SDC Sub-Committee meetings. The IMO

contribution is estimated based on number of personnel engaged that is accounted as in-kind. Additionally,

the cost of IMO meeting rooms for international delegations attending MEPC and SDC meetings

throughout the project is counted as in-kind while extra amount of cash will be mobilized through the

Technical Cooperation activities of IMO mainly in support of the capacity building activities of the project.

This is counted as ?Investment Mobilized?. Co-financing by IMO Member States These are IMO member

States (see for full list) that take part in

various IMO meetings and technical working groups in support of international regulatory debates and rule

making. These member countries contribute to debate on mitigation of underwater noise via active

participation at (1) IMO MEPC meeting that is the highest international regulatory body for such debates

(3 meetings in two years); (2) Participation in the MEPC SDC Sub-Committee meeting on ship design that

takes place 2 times/year; (3) Participation in a dedicated Correspondence Group set up by MEPC/SDC to

deal with shipping underwater noise debate as inter-sessional activities between main meetings.

Participation in all these international efforts involves provision of in-kind and cash resources by member

governments that are used as the basis for estimation of co-financing levels. The level of co-financing is

estimated based on cost incurred by these governments for taking part at all these meetings (MEPC/SDC

Subcommittee and Correspondence Group) while considering a reasonable percentage of time spent by

each meeting on the subject of shipping underwater noise issue. ? The in-kind contribution is the estimated

using the cost of time of individuals taking part in the meetings. ? The ?grant? contribution is estimated

using the cost of travel to IMO in London, UK, inclusive of airfare, hotel and subsistence. In total and on

average, 900 attendees per MEPC/SDC meeting are assumed with a 5% (MEPC) and 10% (SDC) of

agenda time devoted to the noise issue. Part of the travel expenditure for such participation (5%) is

allocated towards co-financing of this project as Investment Mobilized. ? It is worth noting that as

examples of such meetings and their decisions, at MEPC 76, held in June 2021, the committee agreed to

include in the biennial agenda of the SDC (Ship Design and Construction) Sub-Committee for 2022-2023

an output on the "Review of the 2014 Guidelines for the reduction of underwater noise from commercial

shipping to address adverse impacts on marine life (MEPC.1/Circ.833) and identification of next steps",

with a target completion year of 2023 (MEPC 76/15, paragraph 12.3.1). Also, the SDC Sub-Committee at

its 8th session, held in February 2022, after considering a number of submissions on underwater noise

issue, agreed to a work plan for the review of the 2014 Guidelines. Also the SDC agreed to work and

progress on the subject inter-sessionally, established a Correspondence Group on Review of the Guidelines

for the Reduction of Underwater Noise to progress the work. With regard to participation in such meetings,

the number of registered participants for MEPC 77 has been 1548 while the participants at SDC 8 Subcommittee

have been 649. There is no data on the numbers of Member States and observer organizations in

the Correspondence Group but the Working Group on the issue was certainly well attended with 38

Member States and 18 observer organizations. The incremental co-financing ratio is about 1.74:1 that is

reasonable for a global Medium Size Project specially that considering that during PPG phase when LPCs

are chosen, significant additional co-financing will be secured as part of the LPCs LOES. In addition to

LPCs, it is expected that the joining players as part of GIA (Global Industry Alioance), GSP (Global

Strategic Partners) and will also commit additional co-financing both in terms of grant as well as in-kind.


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General information
GEF ID 10890
Project type Medium-Size Project
Status active (Project Approved)
Start Date 01 Jan 2023
End Date 31 Dec 2025
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 1,950,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 14,077,500
Argentina , Chile , Costa Rica , India , South Africa , Trinidad and Tobago , Global

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Vladimir Mamaev UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor for International Waters for Europe, CIS and Arab States