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CONVENTION FOR COOPERATION IN THE PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MARINE AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICAN REGION Objective ========= To protect the marine environment, coastal zones and related internal waters falling within the jurisdiction of the Sates of the West and Central African region. Summary of provisions ===================== The Parties shall: (a) Take all necessary measures to prevent, reduce, combat and control pollution of the Convention area (art. 4), particularly pollution from ships and aircraft (arts. 5 and 6), land-based sources (art. 7), and activities relating to exploration and exploitation of the sea bed (art. 8) and pollution from or through the atmosphere (art. 9); (b) Prevent, reduce, combat and control coastal erosion (art. 10); (c) Protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems, as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other marine life in specially protected areas (art. 11); (d) Cooperate in dealing with pollution emergencies in the Convention area (art. 12), and in exchanging data and other scientific information (art. 14); (e) Develop technical and other guidelines regarding environmental impact assessment of their development projects (art. 13); (f) Establish rules and procedures for the determination of liability and the payment of adequate and prompt compensation for pollution damage of the Convention area (art. 15). Membership ========== Since 23 June 1981, the Convention is open for accession by any coastal or island State from Mauritania to Namibia inclusive, on condition that the State also becomes a party to at least one of its related Protocols. After the entry into force of the Convention, any other African State may accede to the Convention subject to the same condition. The instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession must be deposited with the Government of Côte d'Ivoire. Date of adoption 23. 3.1981 Place of adoption Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Date of entry into force 5. 5.1984 Languages English, French, Spanish Depositary Côte d'Ivoire Participant Entry into force ----------- ----------------- Cameroon 5. 8.1984 Congo 19. 2.1988 Côte d'Ivoire 5. 8.1984 Gabon 11. 2.1989 Gambia 5. 2.1985 Ghana 18. 9.1989 Guinea 5. 8.1984 Nigeria 5. 8.1984 Senegal 5. 8.1984 Togo 5. 8.1984 Convention Secretariat ====================== Oceans and Coastal Areas Programme Activity Centre (OCA/PAC) United Nations Environment Programme P.O.Box 30552, Nairobi Kenya Telephone: 254-2-621234 Fax: 254-2-226890 Telex: 22068 UNEP KE ***** .