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Protocol concerning Co-operation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Regional/restricted
Date
Feb 16, 1976
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-000541)
Title (French)

Protocole relatif à la coopération en matière de lutte contre la pollution de la mer Méditerranée par les hydrocarbures et autres substances nuisibles en cas de situation critique

Title (Spanish)

Protocolo sobre cooperación para combatir en situación de emergencia la contanimación del mar mediterráneo causada por hidrocarburos y otras sustancias perjudiciales

Title (Other)

Protokoll über die Zusammenarbeit bei der Bekämpfung der Verschmutzung des Mittelmeeres durch Öl und andere Schadstoffe in Notfällen

Place of adoption
Barcelona
Depository
Spain
Language
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Entry into force
Feb 12, 1978
Subject
Waste & hazardous substances, Sea, Land & soil
Basin
Mediterranean
Abstract

Objective: To protect the coastal States and the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea area against pollution by oil and other harmful substances.

Summary of provisions: Parties undertake to cooperate in cases of pollution of the Mediterranean Sea area (defined in art. 7 of the Convention) by oil and other harmful substances in cases of emergency (art.1). They agree to maintain and promote contingency plans and means for combating pollution of the sea by oil and other harmful substances (art. 2) and monitor the Mediterranean Sea area (art. 4). Moreover, they are to cooperate in the salvage and recovery of harmful substances (art. 5). Each Party undertakes to disseminate to other Parties information on its own national authorities competent for combating pollution, on reports of pollution, on matters concerning measures of assistance, on new ways to avoid and new measures to combat pollution, and on the development of related research programmes (art. 6). The Parties are to co- ordinate the utilisation of their means of communication (art. 7). They undertake to issue instructions to masters of ships and aircraft to report all accidents causing or likely to cause pollution, and the presence, characteristics and extent of spillages, such information to be communicated to the other Parties (art. 8). Finally, Parties faced with an emergency are to make the necessary assessments, take every practicable measure to avoid or reduce the pollution, inform all other Parties involved and report thereon (art. 9).

(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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