Dr Efi Tsolaki, president of US-based BEMA, said “with the opportunity to gain NGO status at the IMO, BEMA will be able to provide their expertise on the technologies, capabilities, limitations and future R&D opportunities to the IMO discussions that are currently not available through other channels.”
In addition, Tsolaki noted that both the IMO and BEMA are organisations whose mission, vision and strategic goals align with respect to supporting smooth implementation and oversight of the critical environmental challenge that invasive aquatic species presents.
Tsolaki believes that the operational information and real-world experiences offered by BEMA will help improve implementation of the BWM Convention through facilitating exchange of information for all stakeholders.
The BEMA application has been made to the IMO Council member states for their review at the 124th session of the IMO Council scheduled to conclude on 22 October 2020.
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