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Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Global
Date
Mar 22, 1989
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-001003)
Title abbreviation

Basel Convention

Title (French)

Convention concernant le contrôle des mouvements transfrontières de déchets dangereux et leur élimination

Title (Spanish)

Convenio de Basilea sobre el control de los movimientos transfronterizos de los desechos peligrosos y su eliminación

Title (Other)

Baseler Übereinkommen über die Kontrolle der grenzüberschreitenden Verbringung gefährlicher Abfälle und ihrer Entsorgung

Place of adoption
Basel
Depository
UN United Nations
Language
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Entry into force
May 5, 1992
Subject
Waste & hazardous substances
Keyword
Waste disposal Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings Liability/compensation Recycling/reuse Technology transfer Waste management Hazardous waste Enforcement/compliance Transboundary movement of waste Dispute settlement Pollution control Offences/penalties Transport/storage Data collection/reporting
Abstract

Objectives: To reduce transboundary movements of certain wastes to a minimum consistent with the environmentally sound and efficient management of such wastes, to minimise the amount and toxicity of hazardous wastes generated and ensure their environmentally sound management as close as possible to the source of generation and to assist developing countries in environmentally sound management of the hazardous and other wastes they generate.

Summary or provisions: Parties prohibiting the import of hazardous wastes or other wastes undertake to inform the other Parties of their decision pursuant to article 13. The other Parties, when so informed, are to prohibit the export of hazardous wastes to the Parties that have prohibited the import of such waste (art. 4.1a). Parties are to prohibit the export of hazardous wastes and other wastes if the State of import does not consent in writing to the specific import (art. 4.1c). Parties are to prohibit all persons under their national jurisdiction from transporting or disposing of hazardous wastes or other type of wastes unless such persons are authorised or allowed to perform such types of operations (art. 4.7a). They are to designate or establish one or more competent authorities as focal points to receive notifications (art. 5). States of export are not allow the generator of hazardous wastes or other wastes to commence the transboundary movement until they have received written confirmation that the notifier has received the written consent of the State of import (art. 6). Parties are to cooperate with each other in order to improve and achieve environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes (art. 10). In case of an accident occurring during the transboundary movement of hazardous or other wastes or their disposal that is likely to present risks to human health and the environment in other States, those States must be immediately informed (art. 13).

(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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