Dumped wastes comprise a tiny percentage of the total marine pollution load but have received the most attention. Present international law is inadequate to deal with possible long-term environmental effects. Three conventions have entered into force, share a basic from, and relate to specific geographical areas. The tasks of the commissions, created pursuant to the European oriented dumping conventions, are to establish agreed upon priorities for oceanographic monitoring and to ensure that data are intercalibrated. In 1976, commissions under the Oslo Convention and the Paris Convention established the Joint Monitoring Group. The countries administering the London Dumping Convention (which permits low-level radioactive waste dumping) have been developing a precise agreed-upon understanding of the annexes to the convention and conducting negotiations pursuant to the treaty. The countries signing the Helsinki Convention, which is not yet in force, have formed an Interim Commission to conduct preparatory administrative tasks. The Barcelona Convention and Protocols resulted from the Mediterranean Action Plan which arose from UNEP. The Mediterranean Pollution Monitoring and Research Program consists of 7 pilot projects concerned with baseline studies and monitoring of pollutants. The "Council of the European Community" and the "Sea Project" have also tank action.

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    Compass Publications Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Bately, G
  • Publication Date: 1979-10

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  • Accession Number: 00323255
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM