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CONVENTION FOR THE PREVENTION OF MARINE POLLUTION FROM LAND-BASED SOURCES Objectives ========== The Convention forms part of a comprehensive set of progressive and coherent measures to protect the marine environment from pollution. Summary of provisions ===================== (a) Covers the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans north of latitude 36- north, east of longitude 42- west and west of longitude 51- east, excluding the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas (art. 2); (b) Parties to eliminate pollution of the maritime area from land-based sources by substances listed in annex A, part 1, and to limit strictly pollution by substances listed in part 2 (art. 4); (c) Parties generally to endeavour to reduce existing pollution and forestall any new pollution from land-based sources (art. 6); (d) In case of serious pollution from land-based sources by a substance not listed in annex A, part 1, the parties shall consult and negotiate a cooperation agreement (art. 9); (e) Parties to establish complementary scientific and technical research programmes (art. 10); (f) Parties to set up and operate a permanent monitoring system (art. 11); (g) A commission established to supervise the implementation of the Convention, to review the condition of the seas within the Convention area, to draw up programmes and measures for the elimination or reduction of pollution from land-based sources and to make recommendations for the amendment of the lists of substances in annex A (art. 16). Membership ========== Open to States which participated in the Diplomatic Conference convened in Paris for the adoption of the Convention, to States Parties to the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft, 1972, and to States located upstream on watercourses crossing the territory of one or more Parties and reaching the Convention area. Parties may unanimously invite other States to accede. The Instruments of accession to be deposited with the French Government. Amendment --------- Date of adoption 4.6.1974 26.3.1990 Place of adoption Paris, France Paris Date of entry into force 6.5.1978 1.9.1989 Languages English, French Depositary France Participant Entry into force ----------- ---------------- Belgium 11. 2.1984 Denmark 6. 5.1978 France 6. 5.1978 Germany 1. 4.1982 Iceland 19. 7.1981 Ireland 28. 9.1984 Netherlands 6. 5.1978 Norway 6. 5.1978 Portugal 9. 6.1978 Spain 17. 5.1980 Sweden 6. 5.1978 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland* 6. 5.1978 European Economic Community 6. 5.1978 * Extended to Guernsey on 6.4.1978 and to Jersey on 27.3.1980. ***** .