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Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Regional/restricted
Date
Mar 23, 1981
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-000547)
Title (French)

Convention relative à la coopération en matière de protection et de mise en valeur du milieu marin et des zones côtières de la région de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre

Title (Other)

Abkommen über eine Zusammenarbeit auf dem Gebiet des Schutzes und der Entwicklung der Meeres- und Küstenumwelt der West- und Zentralafrikanischen Region

Place of adoption
Abidjan
Depository
Côte d'Ivoire
Language
English, French, Spanish
Entry into force
Aug 5, 1984
Subject
Sea
Keyword
Marine pollution Marine protected areas Inland waters Marine pollution (ship-based sources) Deep sea bed Erosion Enforcement/compliance Liability/compensation Data collection/reporting Exploration Marine resources management EIA Marine pollution (land-based sources) Dispute settlement Early warning system/emergency intervention system Maritime zone Transboundary effects Research International relations/cooperation Law reform/harmonization/deregulation Fishery management and conservation Monitoring Air quality/air pollution International organization Coastal zone management Marine pollution (dumping at sea)
Geographical area
Africa
Abstract

Objective: To protect the marine environment, coastal zones and related internal waters falling within the jurisdiction of the States of the West and Central African region.

Summary of provisions: The Parties agree to take all necessary measures to prevent, reduce, combat and control pollution of the Convention area (art. 4), particularly pollution from ships and aircraft (arts. 5 and 6), land-based sources (art. 7), and activities relating to exploration and exploitation of the sea bed (art. 8) and pollution from or through the atmosphere (art. 9). They undertake to prevent, reduce, combat and control coastal erosion (art.10) and protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems, as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other marine life in specially protected areas (art. 11). Parties are to co-operate in dealing with pollution emergencies in the Convention area (art. 12), and in exchanging data and other scientific information (art. 14). Moreover, they undertake to develop technical and other guidelines regarding environmental impact assessment of their development projects (art. 13) and establish roles and procedures for the determination of liability and the payment of adequate and prompt compensation for pollution damage of the Convention area (art. 15).

(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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Website
abidjanconvention.org

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Countries Entry into force Ratification * Simple signature
Benin
Cameroon -
Congo
Congo, Dem. Rep. of -
Côte d'Ivoire
Gabon
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Liberia
Mauritania
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone -
South Africa
Togo

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