Objectives: To control the trans-boundary movement of hazardous wastes and prevent the illegal traffic and disposal of such wastes in Central America.
Summary of provisions: Hazardous wastes covered by this Agreement are defined on the basis of the categories and characteristics set out in annexes I and 11 (arts. 1.1 and 2.1). Parties agree to take the necessary legal and administrative measures to prevent the import and transit of hazardous wastes to Central America from States which are not Parties to the Agreement (art. 3.1). They undertake to control the carriers of hazardous waste from non-Parties and to prevent the release into oceans and incineration at sea of hazardous wastes (art. 3.2) as well as to prevent the export of hazardous wastes to other Parties which have prohibited the import of such wastes under their national legislation (art. 3.4). Each Party is to establish a national authority to keep under review the implementation of the Agreement and to cooperate with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (art. 5).
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)