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The ACCOBAMS (Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans in the Black Sea Mediterranean Sea and Contigous Atlantic Area) is a cooperative tool for the conservation of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.Its purpose is to reduce threats to cetaceans in Mediterranean and Black Sea waters and improve our knowledge of these animals.

ACCOBAMS is the first Agreement binding the countries in these two subregions and enabling them to work together on a matter of general interest.

Cooperative tools for the conservation of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean and Black Seas:

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The ACCOBAMS Agreement results from consultation between the Secretariats of the three Conventions: the Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Mediterranean Coast (and its new Application Protocol relative to Special Protection Zones and the Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean adopted on the 10th of June, 1995), the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and the Bern Convention relative to the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, whose standing Committee decide, in 1989, to create an informal group on little cetaceans that met in Palma de Majorca in 1991 with the view of drafting an Agreement. The Bucharest Convention on the protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution joined the group of Conventions later.

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PostHeaderIcon Agreement area

carte accobamsThe geographic scope of the Agreement, hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement area", is constituted by:

- All maritime waters of the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, their gulfs and seas as well as thternal waters connected to or interconnecting to these maritime waters;

- The Atlantic area contiguous to the Mediterranean Sea west of the Straits of Gibraltar.

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1. Parties shall take co-ordinated measures to achieve and maintain a favourable conservation status for cetaceans. To this end, Parties shall prohibit and take all necessary measures to eliminate, where this is not already done, any deliberate taking of cetaceans and shall co-operate to create and maintain a network of specially protected areas to conserve cetaceans.

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