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Canadas support for marine pollution prevention under the London Protocol
by Canada (Government)
Canada, as a Party to the London Protocol, will continue to work towards the prevention and where possible, the elimination of marine pollution from dumping at sea. Canada provides financial and in-kind support for technical cooperation and assistance programs that build the capacity to implement the London Protocol regime. This support enables new countries to join and implement the London Protocol, thus broadening its reach and making it a truly global marine pollution prevention treaty.

Domestically, Canada will continue efforts to address the sources of marine pollution by implementing new microplastic monitoring techniques for sediment, and reviewing disposal at sea waste assessment processes to identify areas where pollution prevention can be strengthened.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): quantification of plastics present at marine disposal sites
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
  • Other (please specify): A broad range of pollutants will be considered for routine consideration in a refined Canadian disposal at sea waste assessment process
  • Marine pollution will be quantified and reduced or eliminated where practical
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Enhancing coastal resilience and restoration of ecosystem functions will be identified and prioritized in evaluations of waste management alternatives
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Support technical cooperation and assistance programs run under the London Protocol that build the capacity to evaluate threats to the marine environment, to mitigate effects, and to conduct compliance and effects monitoring to ensure that evaluations and
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
Ongoing participation in technical cooperation activities under the London Protocol and provision of financial and in-kind support.
In-kind contribution
Financial and in-kind resources will continue to be directed towards the London Protocol Secretariat to support technical cooperation and assistance programs.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - ongoing
Environment and Climate Change Canada (Canada) , International Maritime Organisation-London Protocol (United Nations Entity)
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jeffrey Corkum, Director, Marine Programs, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Jeffrey.Corkum@canada.ca, 902 426 3593
Gatineau, Canada
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