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Agreement for cooperation in dealing with pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances (Bonn Agreement)
The Agreement for cooperation in dealing with pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances (Bonn Agreement) was signed on 13 September 1983 and entered into force on 1 September 1989. The Convention's principal purpose is to promote cooperation and mutual assistance between the coastal states of the North Sea (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom) in combating pollution by oil and other harmful substandes as well as the protection of marine environment and coastal states' interests. In particular, the contracting parties implement the Agreement a) watching, via air photographs and satellites the maritime zones under their responsibility for pollution threats, b) warning the other parties for possible infringements taking place under their responsibility zone, c) establishing common operational approaches in order to cooperate effectively for the achievement of the level of readiness necessary for the prevention and purification, d) contributing, if needed, to operations combating hydrocarbons leakage, e) exchanging information concernind new strategies and techniques for the pollution prevention and combat, f) conducting common operational exercises of readiness.