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Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the South Pacific Region by Dumping

Document type
Field of application
Nov 25, 1986
IUCN (ID: TRE-000893)
Title (French)

Protocole sur la prévention de la pollution de la région du Pacifique Sud résultant de l'immersion des déchets

Title (Spanish)

Protocolo para la prevención de la contaminación por desechos en la region del Pacifico Sud

Title (Other)

Protokoll zur Verhütung der Verschmutzung des Südpazifik Gebietes durch Einbringen von Abfällen

Place of adoption
SPEC South Pacific Bureau for Economic Cooperation
English, French
Entry into force
Aug 22, 1990
Sea, Waste & hazardous substances
Authorization/permit Data collection/reporting Monitoring Waste disposal Hazardous waste Marine pollution (dumping at sea) Enforcement/compliance Hazardous substances Maritime zone Marine pollution International organization International relations/cooperation
South Pacific

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)

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Countries Entry into force Ratification * Simple signature
Australia - -
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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