The Jigsaw Puzzle of International Environmental Protection: International Approaches to Atmospheric Pollution and the Baltic Sea Area
International Journal of Legal Information, Vol. 20, pp. 1-17, Spring 1992
17 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2008
Date Written: July, 31 2008
Airborne pollution of the marine environment has not received great attention in the literature. This is certainly a reflection of the fact that, for the longest time, this type of pollution was neglected in international efforts to cooperate for the protection of the marine environment. However, the last few years have witnessed considerable activity in this area and some stock-taking is in order.
The Baltic Sea Area provides an excellent example. While airborne pollution had received only little attention in the Helsinki Convention of 1974, the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) has been devoting great attention to this aspect in the last two years. This article will review briefly the nature of the pollution problems facing the Baltic Sea region and the provisions of the convention designed to address them. It will analyze the Baltic approach to airborne pollution and compare it to other international efforts. Finally, the relation between regional activities and international law and cooperation external to the region will be reviewed.
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