Barcelona Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean

 

SUMMARY OF:

Convention on the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution (Barcelona Convention)

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

Protocol for the prevention of pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by dumping from ships and aircraft (Dumping Protocol)

Decision 77/585/EEC concluding the Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution and the Protocol for the prevention of the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by dumping from ships and aircraft

Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources (Land-based Sources of pollution Protocol)

Amendments to the Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources

Decision 1999/801/EC on accepting the amendments to the Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources

Decision 83/101/EEC concluding the Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources

Protocol concerning specially protected areas and biological diversity in the Mediterranean (Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity Protocol)

Decision 84/132/EEC — conclusion of the Protocol concerning Mediterranean specially protected areas

Decision 1999/800/EEC on concluding the Protocol concerning specially protected areas and biological diversity in the Mediterranean, and on accepting the annexes to that Protocol (Barcelona Convention)

Protocol concerning cooperation in preventing pollution from ships and, in cases of emergency, combating pollution of the Mediterranean Sea (Prevention and Emergency Protocol)

Decision 2004/575/EC — conclusion of the Protocol to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution, concerning cooperation in preventing pollution from ships and, in cases of emergency, combating pollution of the Mediterranean Sea

Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean (Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol)

Decision 2010/631/EU — conclusion of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

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)

Decision 2013/5/EU — accession of the EU to the 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

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE CONVENTION, DECISIONS AND PROTOCOLS?

KEY POINTS

Barcelona Convention

The aims of the convention are:

The convention’s Contracting Parties commit to:

It was amended in 1995. The main amendments concerned:

The convention has 7 protocols attached to it :

Dumping Protocol

Prevention and Emergency Protocol

Land-based Sources of pollution Protocol

Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity Protocol

Offshore Protocol

Hazardous Wastes Protocol

Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol

The EU is a party to all of the above protocols except the Hazardous Wastes Protocol.

DATE OF ENTRY INTO FORCE

BACKGROUND

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KEY TERMS

Good Environmental Status: defined in the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC — see summary) as the environmental status of marine waters where these provide ecologically diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive within their intrinsic conditions, and the use of the marine environment is at a level that is sustainable, thus safeguarding the potential for uses and activities by current and future generations.
Integrated Coastal Zone Management: a dynamic process for the sustainable management and use of coastal zones, taking into account at the same time the fragility of coastal ecosystems and landscapes, the diversity of activities and uses, interactions between the latter, the maritime vocation of some of the latter, and their impact both on land and sea.

MAIN DOCUMENTS

Convention on the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution (Barcelona Convention) (OJ L 240, 19.9.1977, pp. 3-11)

Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean

Protocol for the prevention of pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by dumping from ships and aircraft (OJ L 240, 19.9.1977, pp. 12-34)

Council Decision 77/585/EEC of 25 July 1977 concluding the Convention for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution and the Protocol for the prevention of the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by dumping from ships and aircraft (OJ L 240, 19.9.1977, pp. 1-2)

Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources (OJ L 67, 12.3.1983, pp. 3-18)

Amendments to the Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources (OJ L 322, 14.12.1999, pp. 20-31)

Council Decision 1999/801/EC of 22 October 1999 on accepting the amendments to the Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources (Barcelona Convention) (OJ L 322, 14.12.1999, p. 18-31)

Council Decision 83/101/EEC of 28 February 1983 concluding the Protocol for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution from land-based sources (OJ L 67, 12.3.1983, pp. 1-2)

Protocol concerning specially protected areas and biological diversity in the Mediterranean (OJ L 322, 14.12.1999, pp. 3-17)

Council Decision 84/132/EEC of 1 March 1984 on the conclusion of the Protocol concerning Mediterranean specially protected areas (OJ L 68, 10.3.1984, pp. 36-37)

Council Decision 1999/800/EEC of 22 October 1999 on concluding the Protocol concerning specially protected areas and biological diversity in the Mediterranean, and on accepting the annexes to that Protocol (Barcelona Convention) (OJ L 322, 14.12.1999, pp. 1-2)

Protocol concerning cooperation in preventing pollution from ships and, in cases of emergency, combating pollution of the Mediterranean Sea (OJ L 261, 6.8.2004, pp. 41-46)

Council Decision 2004/575/EC of 29 April 2004 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Protocol to the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea against Pollution, concerning cooperation in preventing pollution from ships and, in cases of emergency, combating pollution of the Mediterranean Sea (OJ L 261, 6.8.2004, p. 40)

Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean (OJ L 34, 4.2.2009, pp. 19-28)

Council Decision 2010/631/EU of 13 September 2010 concerning the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (OJ L 279, 23.10.2010, pp. 1-2)

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 (OJ L 4, 9.1.2013, pp. 15-33)

Council Decision 2013/5/EU of 17 December 2012 on the accession of the European Union to the 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 (OJ L 4, 9.1.2013, pp. 13-14)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Notice concerning the entry into force of the 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 to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (OJ L 187, 6.7.2013, p. 1)

Notice concerning the entry into force of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean (OJ L 242, 20.9.2011, p. 1)

last update 30.06.2020