Gulf Summit declares Gulf as 'special maritime zone'

The Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday declared the Gulf region as a "special maritime zone" as of early August 2008.

Gulf Summit declares Gulf as 'special maritime zone'
The declaration came in the final communique of the 28th GCC summit.

It said that the council had considered executive steps by the GCC member countries and the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment, aiming to set up ship waste facilities and to join the MARPOL Convention.

The MRPOL Convention is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes. It is a combination of two treaties adopted in 1973 and 1978 respectively and updated by amendments through the years.

The Convention includes regulations aimed at preventing and minimizing pollution from ships - both accidental pollution and that from routine operations.

A GCC environment protection initiative, aiming to boost the efficiency and performance of GCC member countries' environmental agencies, was adopted during the GCC summit.

Meanwhile, the council voiced much satisfaction with steps taken towards the implementation of educational and higher education development resolutions.


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