Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness
- New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Edited by Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas
Chapter 14: The Seaport Environmental Security Network: facilitating international enforcement collaboration to prevent illegal hazardous waste shipments through ports
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, usually known as the Basel Convention, is an international treaty that was designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries. The Basel Convention has been widely adopted, with 181 parties to the Basel Convention as of February 2014. The three main goals of the Basel Convention are: the reduction of hazardous waste generation and the promotion of environmentally sound anagement of hazardous wastes; the restriction of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes; and a regulatory system applying to cases where transboundary movements are permissible.
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