Convenzione per la prevenzione dell'inquinamento marino proveniente dalla terra ferma, firmata a Parigi il 4 giugno 1974, come emendata dal protocollo firmato a Parigi il 26 marzo 1986.
(Testo consolidato. In corsivo le modifiche apportate dal protocollo di Parigi del 26 marzo 1986)
CONVENTION FOR THE PREVENTION OF MARINE POLLUTION FROM LAND-BASED SOURCES
Done at Paris, June 4th, 1974
(as amended by the Protocol of 26 March 1986)
THE CONTRACTING PARTIES:
RECOGNIZING that the marine environment and the fauna and flora which it
supports are of vital importance to all nations;
MINDFUL that the ecological equilibrium and the legitimate uses of the sea
are increasingly threatened by pollution;
CONSIDERING the recommendations of the United Nations conference on the
human environment, held in Stockholm in June 1972;
RECOGNIZING that concerted action at national, regional and global levels
is essential to prevent and combat marine pollution;
CONVINCED that international action to control the pollution of the sea
from land-based sources can and should be taken without delay, as part of
progressive and coherent measures to protect the marine environment from
pollution, whatever its origin, including current efforts to combat the
pollution of international waterways;
CONSIDERING that the common interests of States concerned with the same
marine area should induce them to cooperate at regional or sub-regional
RECALLING the convention for the prevention of marine pollution by dumping
from ships and aircraft concluded in 0510 on February 15, 1972,
HAVE AGREED as follows:
1. The Contracting Parties pledge themselves to take all possible steps to
prevent pollution of the sea, by which is meant the introduction by man,
directly or indirectly, of substances or energy into the marine environment
(including estuaries) resulting in such deleterious effects as hazards to
human health, harm to living resources and to marine ecosystems, damage to
amenities or interference with other legitimate uses of the sea.
2. The Contracting Parties shall adopt individually and jointly measures to
combat marine pollution from land-based sources in accordance with the
provisions of the present convention and shall harmonize their policies in
The present convention shall apply to the maritime area within the
(a) those parts of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and the dependent seas
which lie north of 36 deg. north latitude and between 42 deg. west
longitude and 51 deg. east longitude, but excluding:
(i) the Baltic Sea and Belts lying to the south and east of lines
drawn from Hasenore Head to Gniben Point, from Korshage to Spodsbjerg
and from Gilbjerg Head to Kullen and
(ii) the Mediterranean Sea and its dependent seas as far as the point
of intersection of the parallel of 36 deg. north latitude and the
meridian of 5 deg. 36' west longitude;
(b) that part of the Atlantic Ocean north of 59 deg. north latitude and
between 44 deg. west longitude and 42 deg. west longitude.
For the purpose of the present convention:
(a) 'maritime area' means: the high seas, the territorial seas of
Contracting Parties and waters on the landward side of the base lines
from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured and
extending in the case of watercourses, unless otherwise decided under
Article 16(c) of the present convention, up to the freshwater limit;
(b) 'Freshwater limit' means: the place in the watercourse where, at low
tide and in a period of low freshwater flow, there is an appreciable
increase in salinity due to the presence of seawater;
(c) 'pollution from land-based sources' means: the pollution of the
(i) through watercourses,
(ii) from the coast, including introduction through underwater or
(iii) from man-made structures placed under the jurisdiction of a
Contracting Party within the limits of the area to which the present
(iv) by emissions into the atmosphere from land or from man-made
structures as defined in subparagraph (iii) above.
1. The Contracting Parties undertake:
(a) to eliminate, if necessary by stages, pollution of the maritime area
from land-based sources by substances listed in Part I of Annex A to
the present convention;
(b) to limit strictly pollution of the maritime area from land-based
sources by substances listed in Part II of Annex A to the present
2. In order to carry out the undertakings in paragraph 1 of this Article,
the Contracting Parties, jointly or individually as appropriate, shall
implement programmes and measures:
(a) for the elimination, as a matter of urgency, of pollution of the
maritime area from land-based sources by substances listed in Part 1
of Annex A to the present convention;
(b) for the reduction or, as appropriate, elimination of pollution of the
maritime area from land-based sources by substances listed in Part II
of Annex A to the present convention. These substances shall be
discharged only after approval has been granted by the appropriate
authorities within each Contracting State. Such approval shall be
3. The programmes and measures adopted under paragraph 2 of this Article
shall include, as appropriate, specific regulations or standards governing
the quality of the environment, discharges into the maritime area, such
discharges into watercourses and emissions into the atmosphere as affect
the maritime area, and the composition and use of substances and products.
These programmes and measures shall take into account the latest technical
The programmes shall contain time limits for their completion.
4. The Contracting Parties may, furthermore, jointly or individually as
appropriate, implement programmes or measures to forestall, reduce or
eliminate pollution of the maritime area from land-based sources by a
substance not then listed in Annex A to the present convention, if
scientific evidence has established that a serious hazard may be created in
the maritime area by that substance and if urgent action is necessary.
1. The Contracting Parties undertake to adopt measures to forestall and, as
appropriate, eliminate pollution of the maritime area from land-based
sources by radioactive substances referred to in Part III of Annex A to the
2. Without prejudice to their obligations under other treaties and
conventions, in implementing this undertaking the Contracting Parties
(a) take full account of the recommendations of the appropriate
international organizations and agencies;
(b) take account of the monitoring procedures recommended by these
international organizations and agencies;
(c) coordinate their monitoring and study of radioactive substances in
accordance with Articles 10 and 11 of the present convention.
1. With a view to preserving and enhancing the quality of the marine
environment, the Contracting Parties, without prejudice to the provisions
of Article 4, shall endeavour:
(a) to reduce existing pollution from land-based sources;
(b) to forestall any new pollution from land-based sources, including
that which derives from new substances.
2. In implementing this undertaking, the Contracting Parties shall take
(a) the nature and quantities of the pollutants under consideration;
(b) the level of existing pollution;
(c) the quality and absorptive capacity of the receiving waters of the
(d) the need for an integrated planning policy consistent with the
requirement of environmental protection.
The Contracting Parties agree to apply the measures they adopt in such a
way as to avoid increasing pollution:
-- in the seas outside the area to which the present convention applies;
-- in the maritime area covered by the present convention, originating
otherwise than from land-based sources.
No provision of the present convention shall be interpreted as preventing
the Contracting Parties from taking more stringent measures to combat
marine pollution from land-based sources.
1. When pollution from land-based sources originating from the territory of
a Contracting Party by substances not listed in Part I of Annex A to the
present convention is likely to prejudice the interests of one or more of
the other parties to the present convention, the Contracting Parties
concerned undertake to enter into consultation, at the request of any one
of them, with a view to negotiating a cooperation agreement.
2. At the request of any Contracting Party concerned, the Commission
referred to in Article 15 of the present convention shall consider the
question and may make recommendations with a view to reaching a
3. The special agreements specified in paragraph 1 of this Article may,
among other things, define the areas to which they shall apply, the quality
objectives to be achieved, and the methods for achieving these objectives
including methods for the application of appropriate standards and the
scientific and technical information to be collected.
4. The Contracting Parties signatory to these special agreements shall,
through the medium of the Commission, inform the other Contracting Parties
of their purport and of the progress made in putting them into effect.
The Contracting Parties agree to establish complementary or joint
programmes of scientific and technical research, including research into
the best methods of eliminating or replacing noxious substances so as to
reduce marine pollution from land-based sources, and to transmit to each
other the information so obtained. In doing so they shall have regard to
the work carried out, in these fields, by the appropriate international
organizations and agencies.
The Contracting Parties agree to set up progressively and to operate within
the area covered by the present convention a permanent monitoring system
-- the earliest possible assessment of the existing level of marine
-- the assessment of the effectiveness of measures for the reduction of
marine pollution from land-based sources taken under the terms of the
For this purpose the Contracting Parties shall lay down the ways and means
of pursuing individually or jointly systematic and ad hoc monitoring
programmes. These programmes shall take into account the deployment of
research vessels and other facilities in the monitoring area.
The programmes shall take into account similar programmes pursued in
accordance with conventions already in force and by the appropriate
international organizations and agencies.
1. Each Contracting Party undertakes to ensure compliance with the
provisions of this convention and to take in its territory appropriate
measures to prevent and punish conduct in contravention of the provisions
of the present convention.
2. The Contracting Parties shall inform the Commission of the legislative
and administrative measures they have taken to implement the provisions of
the preceding paragraph.
The Contracting Parties undertake to assist one another as appropriate to
prevent incidents which may result in pollution from land-based sources, to
minimize and eliminate the consequences of such incidents, and to exchange
information to that end.
1. The provisions of the present convention may not be invoked against a
Contracting Party to the extent that the latter is prevented, as a result
of pollution having its origin in the territory of a non-contracting State,
from ensuring their full application.
2. However, the said Contracting Party shall endeavour to cooperate with
the non-contracting State so as to make possible the full application of
the present convention.
A Commission composed of representatives of each of the Contracting Parties
is hereby established. The Commission shall meet at regular intervals and
at any time when due to special circumstances it is so decided in
accordance with its rules of procedure.
It shall be the duty of the Commission:
(a) to exercise overall supervision over the implementation of the
(b) to review generally the condition of the seas within the area to
which the present convention applies, the effectiveness of the
control measures being adopted and the need for any additional or
(c) to fix, if necessary, on the proposal of the Contracting Party or
Parties bordering on the same watercourse and following a standard
procedure, the limit to which the maritime area shall extend in that
(d) to examine the feasibility of and, as appropriate, to draw up, in
accordance with Article 4 of the present convention, programmes and
measures for the elimination or reduction of pollution from
(e) to make recommendations in accordance with the provisions of Article
(f) to receive and review information and distribute it to the
Contracting Parties in accordance with the provisions of Articles 11,
12 and 17 of the present convention;
(g) to make, in accordance with Article 18, recommendations regarding any
amendment to the lists of substances included in Annex A to the
(h) to discharge such other functions, as may be appropriate, under the
terms of the present convention.
The Contracting Parties, in accordance with a standard procedure, shall
transmit to the Commission:
(a) the results of monitoring pursuant to Article 11;
(b) the most detailed information available on the substances listed in
the Annexes to the present convention and liable to find their way
into the maritime area.
The Contracting Parties shall endeavour to improve progressively techniques
for gathering such information which can contribute to the revision of the
pollution reduction programmes drawn up in accordance with Article 4 of the
1. The Commission shall draw up its own Rules of Procedure which shall be
adopted by unanimous vote.
2. The Commission shall draw up its own Financial Regulations which shall
be adopted by unanimous vote.
3. The Commission shall adopt, by unanimous vote, programmes and measures
for the reduction or elimination of pollution from land-based sources as
provided for in Article 4, programmes for scientific research and
monitoring as provided for in Articles 10 and 11, and decisions under
The programmes and measures shall commence for and be applied by all
Contracting Parties 200 days after their adoption. unless the Commission
specifies another date.
Should unanimity not be attainable, the Commission may nonetheless adopt a
programme or measures by a three-quarters majority vote of its members. The
programmes or measures shall commence for those Contracting Parties which
voted for them 200 days after their adoption, unless the Commission
specifies another date, and for any other Contracting Party after it has
explicitly accepted the programme or measures, which it may do at any time.
4. The Commission may adopt recommendations for amendments to Annex A to
the present convention by a three-quarters majority vote of its members and
shall submit them for the approval of the Governments of the Contracting
Parties. Any Government of a Contracting Party that is unable to approve an
amendment shall notify the depositary Government in writing within a period
of 200 days after the adoption of the recommendation of amendment in the
Commission. Should no such notification be received, the amendment shall
enter into force for all Contracting Parties 230 days after the vote in the
Commission. The depositary Government shall notify the Contracting Parties
as soon as possible of the receipt of any notification.
Within the areas of its competence, the European Economic Community is
entitled to a number of votes equal to the number of its Member States
which are Contracting Parties to the present convention.
The European Economic Community shall not exercise its right to vote in
cases where its Member States exercise theirs and conversely.
The depositary Government shall convene the first meeting of the Commission
as soon as possible after the coming into force of the present convention.
Any dispute between Contracting Parties relating to the interpretation or
application of the present convention, which cannot be settled otherwise by
the parties concerned, for instance by means of inquiry or conciliation
within the Commission, shall, at the request of any of those parties, be
submitted to arbitration under the conditions laid down in Annex B to the
The present convention shall be open for signature at Paris, from June 4,
1974 to June 30, 1975, by the States invited to the diplomatic conference
on the convention for the prevention of marine pollution from land-based
sources, held at Paris, and by the European Economic Community.
The present convention shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or
approval. The instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval shall be
deposited with the Government of the French Republic.
1. After June 30, 1975, the present convention shall be open for accession
by States referred to in Article 22 and by the European Economic Community.
2. The present convention shall also be open for accession from the same
date by any other Contracting Party to the convention for the prevention of
marine pollution by dumping from ships and aircraft, opened for signature
at Oslo on 15th February 1972.
3. From the date of its entry into force, the present convention shall be
open for accession by any State not referred to in Article 22, located
upstream on watercourses crossing the territory of one or more Contracting
Parties to the present convention and reaching the maritime area defined in
4. The Contracting Parties may unanimously invite other States to accede to
the present convention. In that case the maritime area in Article 2 may, if
necessary, be amended in accordance with Article 27 of the present
5. The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Government of
the French Republic.
1. The present convention shall come into force on the thirtieth day
following the date of deposit of the seventh instrument of ratification,
acceptance, approval or accession.
2. For each Party ratifying, accepting or approving the present convention
or acceding to it after the deposit of the seventh instrument of
ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the present convention
shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of deposit by
that party of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or
At any time after the expiry of two years from the date of coming into
force of the present convention in relation to any Contracting Party such
party may withdraw from the convention by notice in writing to the
depositary Government. Such notice shall take effect one year after the
date on which it is received.
1. The depositary Government shall, at the request of the Commission on a
decision taken by a two-thirds majority of its members, call a conference
for the purpose of revising or amending the present convention.
2. Upon accession by a State as provided for in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of
Article 24, the maritime area in Article 2 may be amended upon a proposal
by the Commission adopted by a unanimous vote. These amendments shall enter
into force after unanimous approval by the Contracting Parties.
The depositary Government shall inform the Contracting Parties and those
referred to in Article 22:
(a) of signatures to the present convention of the deposits of
instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, and
of notices of withdrawal in accordance with Articles 22, 23, 24 and
(b) of the date on which the present convention comes into force in
accordance with Article 25;
(c) of the receipt of notifications of approval or objection, and of the
entry into force of amendments to the present convention and its
Annexes, in accordance with Articles 18 and 27.
The original of the present convention of which the French and English
texts shall be equally authentic, shall be deposited with the Government of
the French Republic which shall send certified copes thereof to the
Contracting Parties and the States referred to in Article 22 and shall
deposit a certified copy with the Secretary General of the United Nations
for registration and publication in accordance with Article 102 of the
United Nations Charter.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, duly authorized by their respective
Governments, have signed this convention.
Done at Paris, June 4, 1974.
The allocation of substances to Parts I, II and III below takes account of
the following criteria:
(b) toxicity or other noxious properties;
(c) tendency to bio-accumulation.
These criteria are not necessarily of equal importance for a particular
substance or group of substances, and other factors, such as the location
and quantities of the discharge, may need to be considered.
The following substances are included in this part:
(i) because they are not readily degradable or rendered harmless by
natural processes; and
(ii)because they may either:
(a) give rise to dangerous accumulation of harmful material in the
food chain, or
(b) endanger the welfare of living organisms causing undesirable
changes in the marine eco-systems, or
(c) interfere seriously with the harvesting of sea foods or with
other legitimate uses of the sea; and
(iii)because it is considered that pollution by these substances
necessitates urgent action:
1. organohalogen compounds and substances which may form such
compounds in the marine environment, excluding those which are
biologically harmless, or which are rapidly converted in the sea into
substances which are biologically harmless;
2. mercury and mercury compounds;
3. cadmium and cadmium compounds;
4. persistent synthetic materials which may float, remain in
suspension or sink, and which may seriously interfere with any
legitimate use of the sea;
5. persistent oils and hydrocarbons of petroleum origin.
The following substances are included in this part because, although
exhibiting similar characteristics to the substances in Part I and
requiring strict control, they seem less noxious or are more readily
rendered harmless by natural processes:
1. organic compounds of phosphorus, silicon, and tin and substances
which may form such compounds in the marine environment, excluding
those which are biologically harmless, or which are rapidly converted
in the sea into substances which are biologically harmless.
2. elemental phosphorus.
3. non-persistent oils and hydrocarbons of petroleum origin.
4. the following elements and their compounds.
5. substances which have been agreed by the Commission as having a
deleterious effect on the taste and/or smell of products derived from
the marine environment for human consumption.
The following substances are included in this part because, although they
display characteristics similar to those of substances listed in Part I and
should be subject to stringent controls with the aim of preventing and, as
appropriate, eliminating the pollution which they cause, they are already
the subject of research, recommendations and, in some cases, measures under
the auspices of several international organizations and institutions; those
substances are subject to the provisions of Article
-- radioactive substances, including wastes.
Unless the parties to the dispute decide otherwise, the arbitration
procedure shall be in accordance with the provisions of this Annex.
1. At the request addressed by one Contracting Party to another Contracting
Party in accordance with Article 21 of the convention, an arbitral tribunal
shall be constituted: The request for arbitration shall state the subject
matter of the application including in particular the Articles of the
convention, the interpretation or application of which is in dispute.
2. The claimant shall inform the Commission that he has requested the
setting up of an arbitral tribunal, stating the name of the other party to
the dispute and the Articles of the convention the interpretation or
application of which is in his opinion in dispute. The Commission shall
forward the information thus received to all Contracting Parties to the
The arbitral tribunal shall consist of three members: each of the parties
to the dispute shall appoint an arbitrator; the two arbitrators so
appointed shall designate by common agreement the third arbitrator who
shall be the chairman of the tribunal. The latter shall not be a national
of one of the parties to the dispute, nor have his usual place of residence
in the territory of one of these parties, nor be employed by any of them,
nor have dealt with the case in any other capacity.
1. If the chairman of the arbitral tribunal has not been designated within
two months of the appointment of the second arbitrator, the
Secretary-General of the United Nations shall, at the request of either
party, designate him within a further two months' period.
2. If one of the parties to the dispute does not appoint an arbitrator
within two months of receipt of the request, the other party may inform the
Secretary-General of the United Nations who shall designate the chairman of
the arbitral tribunal within a further two months' period. Upon
designation, the chairman of the arbitral tribunal shall request the party
which has not appointed an arbitrator to do so within two months. After
such period, he shall inform the Secretary-General of the United Nations
who shall make this appointment within a further two months' period.
1. The arbitral tribunal shall decide according to the rules of
international law and, in particular, those of this convention.
2. Any arbitral tribunal constituted under the provisions of this Annex
shall draw up its own rules of procedure.
1. The decisions of the arbitral tribunal, both on procedure and on
substance, shall be taken by majority voting of its members.
2. The tribunal may take all appropriate measures in order to establish the
facts. It may, at the request of one of the parties, recommend essential
interim measures of protection.
3. If two or more arbitral tribunals constituted under the provisions of
this Annex arc seized of requests with identical or similar subjects, they
may inform themselves of the procedures for establishing the facts and take
them into account as far as possible.
4. The parties to the dispute shall provide all facilities necessary for
the effective conduct of the proceedings.
5. The absence or default of a party to the dispute shall not constitute an
impediment to the proceedings.
1. The award of the arbitral tribunal shall be accompanied by a statement
of reasons. It shall be final and binding upon the parties to the dispute.
2. Any dispute which may arise between the parties concerning the
interpretation or execution of the award may be submitted by either party
to the arbitral tribunal which made the award or, if the latter cannot be
seized thereof, to another arbitral tribunal constituted for this purpose
in the same manner as the first.
The European Economic Community, like any Contracting Party to the present
convention, has the right to appear as applicant or respondent before the
Participants in the Conference
on Prevention of Marine Pollution
from Land-Based Sources
Federal Republic of Germany
Finland and Italy were observers.
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