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Protocol concerning Co-operation in Combating Pollution Emergencies in the South Pacific Region

Document type
Field of application
Nov 25, 1986
IUCN (ID: TRE-000894)
Title (French)

Protocole de coopération dans les interventions d'urgence contre les incidents générateurs de pollution dans la région du Pacifique Sud

Title (Spanish)

Protocolo de cooperación en las intervenciones de emergencia contra los incidentes generados por la contaminacion en la région del pacifico sur

Title (Other)

Protokoll betreffend die Zusammenarbeit zur Bekämpfung der Verschmutzung im Südpazifik Gebiet in Notfällen

Place of adoption
SPEC South Pacific Bureau for Economic Cooperation
English, French
Entry into force
Aug 22, 1990
Sea, Waste & hazardous substances
Marine fisheries Early warning system/emergency intervention system Pollution control Data collection/reporting Marine resources management Monitoring Research Resource/damage valuation Marine pollution (ship-based sources) Marine pollution (dumping at sea) Hazardous substances Marine pollution (land-based sources) Education Inventory Marine pollution International relations/cooperation
South Pacific

Objective: To enhance cooperation among the Parties to protect the South Pacific Region from threats and effects of pollution incidents.

Summary of provisions The Parties agree to establish and maintain the means of preventing and combating pollution incidents, and reducing the risk thereof. Such means shall include the enactment, as necessary, of relevant legislation, the preparation of contingency plans, the development and strengthening of the capability to respond to pollution incidents and the designation of a national authority responsible for the implementation of the Protocol (art. 3.2). They undertake to periodically exchange with other Parties current information relating to the implementation of this Protocol (art. 4). They are to establish appropriate procedures to ensure that information regarding pollution incidents is reported as rapidly as possible (art. 5.1). In the event of receiving a report regarding a pollution incident, they undertake to promptly inform all other Parties whose interests are likely to be affected by such incident, the flag State of any vessel involved in it and the competent international organisations (art. 5.2). Each Party requiring assistance to deal with a pollution incident may request the assistance of other Parties (art. 6. 1).

(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)

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Cook Islands (New Zealand)
Fiji -
Marshall Islands
Micronesia, Fed. States
New Zealand
Palau - -
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands -
Tuvalu - -
United Kingdom - -
United States of America

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