International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC)


An international convention that aims to establish a programme of exercises for oil pollution response organizations and training of relevant personnel.  It also calls on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to develop a comprehensive training programme in cooperation with interested governments and industry. It was adopted in 1990 and entered into force in 1995.

Its biodiversity relevance stems from the highly detrimental effect that oil pollution can have on marine and coastal organisms, therefore by improving the response to oil pollution events the Convention contributes towards the maintenance of marine and coastal biodiversity.

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