Objective: To protect the marine environment and coastal zones of the South-East Pacific within the 200-mile area of maritime sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Parties, and beyond that area, the high seas up to a distance within which pollution of the high seas may affect that area.
Summary of provisions: The Parties agree to take all necessary measures to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the Convention area (art. 3), particularly pollution from land-based sources, from or through the atmosphere, from vessels and from any other installations and devices operating in the marine environment (art. 4). They further undertake to prevent, reduce, combat and control coastal erosion (art. 10). Parties are to cooperate in dealing with pollution emergencies in the Convention area (art. 6), in exchanging data and other scientific information (arts. 9 and 10) as well as in establishing programmes from monitoring pollution and assessing environmental impacts in the area (arts. 7 and 8). Parties undertake to establish rules and procedures for the determination of civil liability and compensate for damage resulting from pollution of the environment and coastal area (art. 11).
Institutional mechanisms: Parties are to convene ordinary and extraordinary meetings, within the framework of the Permanent Commission of the South Pacific (CPPS), for reviewing the implementation of the Convention (art. 12). The Permanent Commission for the South Pacific undertakes the secretariat functions (art. 13).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)