Basel Convention

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Basel Convention

Unread postby Admin » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:42 am

Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Origins of the Convention
In the late 1980s, a tightening of environmental regulations in industrialized countries led to a dramatic rise in the cost of hazardous waste disposal. Searching for cheaper ways to get rid of the wastes, “toxic traders” began shipping hazardous waste to developing countries and to Eastern Europe. When this activity was revealed, international outrage led to the drafting and adoption of the Basel Convention.

During its first Decade (1989-1999), the Convention was principally devoted to setting up a framework for controlling the “transboundary” movements of hazardous wastes, that is, the movement of hazardous wastes across international frontiers. It also developed the criteria for “environmentally sound management”. A Control System, based on prior written notification, was also put into place.
It was come into force on 5th Mary, 1992. Pakistan has approve this convention on 26/07/1994
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