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Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas of the South East Pacific (Lima Convention)

Published May 19, 1986

The UN Environment program states that this convention’s “objective is to protect the marine environment and coastal zones of the South-East Pacific within the 200-mile area of maritime sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Parties, and beyond that area, the high seas up to a distance within which pollution of the high seas may affect that area. The Contracting Parties agree, inter alia, to take all necessary measures to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the Convention area, particularly pollution from land-based sources, from or through the atmosphere, from vessels and from any other installations and devices operating in the marine environment.” It was adopted on November 12, 1981 and entered into force on May 19, 1986. Its six protocols are available here.

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