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The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (Barcelona Convention)

Date adopted: 10 June 1995 (Barcelona, Spain)
Date entered into force: 9 July 2004 - replacing the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean against Pollution adopted on 16 February 1976 (Barcelona, Spain), entered into force on 12 February 1978.
Contracting Parties:
Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Secretariat for the Convention:

Coordinating Unit for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MEDU) - Athens, Greece

Depositary Country: Spain

Status of Signatures and Ratifications at 14 th September 2004

Contracting Party Signature Ratification Acceptance of Amendments
Albania - 30.05.1990/AC 26.07.2001
Algeria - 16.02.1981/AC 09.06.2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina - 01.03.1992/SUC -
Croatia - 08.10. 19 91/SUC 03.05.1999
Cyprus 16.02.76 19.11. 19 79 18.07.2003
Egypt 16.02.76 24.08.1978/AP 11.02.2000
European Community 13.09.76 16.03.1978/AP 12.11.1999
France 16.02.76 11.03.1978/AP 16.04.2001
Greece 16.02.76 03.01.1979 10.03.2003
Israel 16.02.76 03.03.1978 -
Italy 16.02.76 03.02.1979 07.09.1999
Lebanon 16.02.76 08.11.1977/AC -
Libya 31.01.77 31.01.1979 -
Malta 16.02.76 30.12.1977 28.10.1999
Monaco 16.02.76 20.09.1977 11.04.1997
Morocco 16.02.76 15.01.1980 -
Serbia and Montenegro - 16.07.2002/SUC* -
Slovenia - 15.03.1994/AC 08.01.2003
Spain 16.02.76 17.12.1976 17.02.1999
Syria - 26.12.1978/AC 10.10.2003
Tunisia 25.05.76 30.07.1977 01.06.1998
Turkey 16.02.76 06.04.1981 18.09.2002

Accession = AC
Approval = AP
Succession = SUC
* Notified on 16 July 2002
Effective since 27.04.92

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org

 

 

Action Plan for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Sustainable Development of the Coastal Areas of the Mediterranean (Mediterranean Action Plan or MAP Phase II)

Date adopted: 10 June 1995 (Barcelona, Spain) - replacing the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) adopted in 1975.

Signatories / Contracting Parties:
Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.

MAP main fields of activity

  • Combating land-based pollution
  • Preventing maritime accidents and illegal discharges from ships
  • Safeguarding natural and cultural resources
  • Managing coastal areas
  • Integrating the environment and development

 

 

Pollution by Dumping

Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft (Dumping Protocol)

Date adopted: 16 February 1976 (Barcelona, Spain)
Date entered into force: 12 February 1978

The Dumping Protocol was amended and recorded as:

Protocol for the Prevention and Elimination of Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft or Incineration at Sea

Date adopted: 10 June 1995 (Barcelona, Spain)
Not yet entered into force
Status of Signatures and Ratifications on 14 th September 2004

Acceptance of Amendments by:
Albania, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Community, France, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Awaiting Ratification by:
Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Serbia and Montenegro, and Syria.

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org

 

 

Pollution from Land-based Sources

Protocol on the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources (LBS Protocol)

Date adopted: 17 May 1980 (Athens, Greece)
Date entered into force: 17 June 1983

The LBS Protocol was amended and recorded as:

Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities

Date adopted: 7 March 1996 (Siracusa, Italy)
Not yet entered into force

Status of Ratification on 14 th September 2004

Acceptance of Amendments by:
Albania, Cyprus, European Community, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

Awaiting Ratification from:
Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Serbia and Montenegro, and Syria.

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org

 

 

Specially Protected Areas

Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA and Biodiversity Protocol)

Date adopted: 10 June 1995 (Barcelona, Spain)
Date entered into force: 12 December 1999 - replacing the Protocol concerning Mediterranean Specially Protected Areas a dopted on 3 April 1982 (Geneva, Switzerland), entered into force on 23 March 1986.

Status of Ratification on 14 th September 2004

Ratified by:
Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Community, France, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Awaiting Ratification from:
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Serbia and Montenegro.

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org

 

 

Pollution by Oil and Other Harmful Substance in Cases of Emergency

Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Preventing Pollution from Ships and, in Cases of Emergency, Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea (Prevention and Emergency Protocol)

Date adopted: 25 January 2002 (Valetta, Malta)
Date entered into force: 17 March 2004 - replacing the Protocol Concerning Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency adopted on 16 February 1976 (Barcelona, Spain), entered into force on 12 February 1978.

Status of Ratification on 14 th September 2004

Ratified by:
Croatia, European Community, France, Malta, Monaco Slovenia and Turkey.

Awaiting Ratification from:
Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Serbia and Montenegro, Syria Spain, and Tunisia,

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org

 

 

Pollution Resulting from Exploration and Exploitation of the Continental Shelf and the Seabed and its Subsoil

Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution Resulting from Exploration and Exploitation of the Continental Shelf and the Seabed and its Subsoil (Offshore Protocol)

Date adopted: 14 October 1994 (Madrid, Spain)
Not yet entered into force
Status of Ratification on 14 th September 2004

Ratified by: Albania, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Awaiting Ratification from:
Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, and Turkey

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org

 

 

Pollution by Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Protocol on the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Hazardous Wastes Protocol)

Date adopted: 1 October 1996 (Izmir, Turkey)

Not yet entered into force

Status of Ratification on 14 th September 2004

Ratified by: Albania, Malta, Morocco Tunisia, and Turkey.

Awaiting Ratification from:
Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Community, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Monaco, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, and Syria.

The full texts of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols as well as an updated table of the Status of Signatures and Ratifications are available on the MAP website: www.unepmap.org


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