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Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Regional/restricted
Date
Jan 30, 1991
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-001104)
Title (French)

Convention sur l'interdiction d'importer en Afrique des déchets dangereux et sur le contrôle des mouvements transfrontières

Title (Other)

Übereinkommen über das Verbot der Einfuhr gefährlicher Abfälle nach Afrika und über die Kontrolle der grenzüberschreitenden Verbringung innerhalb Afrikas

Place of adoption
Bamako
Depository
AU African Union
Language
Arabic, English, French, Portuguese
Entry into force
Apr 22, 1998
Subject
Waste & hazardous substances
Keyword
Data collection/reporting Precautionary principle Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings Transport/storage PIC-prior informed consent Radioactive waste Liability/compensation Marine pollution Hazardous substances Transboundary movement of waste Waste management Policy/planning Marine pollution (dumping at sea) Offences/penalties Dispute settlement Education Hazardous waste Technology transfer Packaging/labelling Waste disposal Pollution control International relations/cooperation
Geographical area
Africa
Abstract

Objectives: To strictly regulate the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes to and within Africa.

Summary of provisions: The scope of the Convention is confined to hazardous wastes, though not wastes from ship discharges covered by another Convention. Hazardous substances banned, cancelled or refused registration by government regulatory action for health or environmental reasons, are defined as hazardous wastes under the Convention. Radioactive wastes are covered also by the Convention (art. 2). Parties agree to enact legislation identifying and categorising hazardous wastes not already listed in the Convention (art. 3). Parties are to enforce a ban on hazardous waste import, and on the dumping of hazardous wastes at sea and internal waters and in respect of waste generation, they are to adopt precautionary measures (art. 4). They should establish monitoring and regulatory authorities to report and act on transboundary movement of hazardous wastes (arts. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9). Parties are to exchange information on incidents of hazardous wastes, and on approaches to a solution of the problems identified (art. 13).

Institutional mechanisms: A secretariat to serve a Conference of the Parties is established along with financial arrangements (arts. 14, 15 and 16). A dispute settlement mechanism is also provided (art. 20).

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

Full text
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Website
www.africa-union.org
www.au.int

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Angola - -
Benin
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic - -
Chad
Comoros
Congo -
Congo, Dem. Rep. of
Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti - -
Egypt
Ethiopia -
Gabon -
Gambia -
Ghana - -
Guinea - -
Guinea-Bissau - -
Kenya - -
Lesotho - -
Liberia - -
Libya
Madagascar - -
Mali
Mauritania - -
Mauritius -
Mozambique -
Niger
Nigeria - -
Rwanda - -
Sao Tome and Principe - -
Senegal
Sierra Leone - -
Somalia - -
South Sudan - -
Sudan -
Swaziland - -
Tanzania, Un. Rep. of
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda -
Zambia - -
Zimbabwe -

* [1] Ratification [2] Accession/approbation [3] Acceptance/approval [4] Succession [5] Consent to be bound [6] Definite signature

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