Objective: To enhance cooperation among the Parties to protect the South Pacific Region from threats and effects of pollution incidents.
Summary of provisions The Parties agree to establish and maintain the means of preventing and combating pollution incidents, and reducing the risk thereof. Such means shall include the enactment, as necessary, of relevant legislation, the preparation of contingency plans, the development and strengthening of the capability to respond to pollution incidents and the designation of a national authority responsible for the implementation of the Protocol (art. 3.2). They undertake to periodically exchange with other Parties current information relating to the implementation of this Protocol (art. 4). They are to establish appropriate procedures to ensure that information regarding pollution incidents is reported as rapidly as possible (art. 5.1). In the event of receiving a report regarding a pollution incident, they undertake to promptly inform all other Parties whose interests are likely to be affected by such incident, the flag State of any vessel involved in it and the competent international organisations (art. 5.2). Each Party requiring assistance to deal with a pollution incident may request the assistance of other Parties (art. 6. 1).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)