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Amendments to the Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Regional/restricted
Date
Mar 7, 1996
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-001335)
Title (French)

Amendements au Protocole relatif à la protection de la mer Méditerranée contre la pollution d'origine tellurique

Title (Spanish)

Enmiendas al Protocolo para la proteccion del mar Mediterráneo contra la contaminación de origen terrestre

Place of adoption
Syracuse
Depository
Spain
Language
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Entry into force
May 11, 2008
Subject
Sea, Waste & hazardous substances, Water, Air & atmosphere
Keyword
Polluter pays principle Precautionary principle EIA
Basin
Mediterranean
Abstract

This amendment modifies the title of the Protocol to read: Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities. It adds land-based activities to the scope of the Protocol (arts. 1,4,5,8,9, 10, Annex I.) and extends the area covered to include the entire watershed area within the territories of the Parties draining into the Mediterranean Sea Area (hydrologic basin) (art. 3 (b)). Moreover, it strengthens measures to eliminate to the Sea Area (art. 1, 8(b)), giving priority to the phasing out of inputs of substances that are toxic, persistent and liable to bioaccumulate (art.l, 5). Parties agree to take into account the best available techniques and the best environmental practice when they adopt action plans, programmes and measures (art.5.4) and to take preventive measures to reduce to the minimum the risk of pollution caused by accidents (art.5.5). The Amendment provides for inspection systems to assess compliance with authorisation and regulations concerning point source discharges and release into water or air that reach and may affect the Mediterranean Area, the provision of assistance necessary for that purpose, and establishment of appropriate sanctions in case of non-compliance (art. 6.2, 3 and 4). Parties are to make the finding of monitoring activities accessible to the public (art.8). Finally, the Amendment promotes scientific and technical cooperation among Parties for the development of clean production processes as well as access to, and transfer of, environmentally sound technology including clean production technology (art.9).

(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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