Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants


A global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and wildlife, and have harmful impacts on human health or on the environment. It was adopted in 2001 and entered into force in 2004.

Its biodiversity relevance stems from the highly detrimental effect that persistent organic pollutants can have on organisms, therefore by preventing this specific pollution the Convention contributes towards the maintenance of marine biodiversity.

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention (2008) 1