Objective: To prevent, reduce and control pollution by dumping of wastes and other matter in the South Pacific.
Summary of provisions: The Parties agree to take all appropriate measures to prevent, reduce and control pollution in the Protocol Area by dumping (art. 3, para. 1). Dumping within the territorial sea and the exclusive economic zone or onto the continental shelf of a Party as defined in international law is not to be carried out without the express prior approval of the Party (art. 3, para. 2). National laws, regulations and measures adopted by the Parties are not to be less effective in preventing, reducing and controlling pollution by dumping than the relevant internationally recognised rules and procedures relating to the control of dumping established within the framework of the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Waste and Other Matter 1972, (art. 3, para. 3). The dumping in the Protocol Area of wastes or other matter listed in annex I to this Protocol is prohibited except as provided in this Protocol (art. 4, para. 1) while the dumping of matter listed in annex II to this Protocol requires, in each case, a prior special permit (art. 5). The dumping in the Protocol Area of all wastes or other matter not listed in annexes I and II to this Protocol requires a prior general permit (art. 6).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)