15 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1985)

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   We have recently heard from a number of sources that the provisions of Annex II
 of MARPOL (see   also page 4), governing the prevention of marine pollution by
 noxious liquid substances, while in themselves perfectly adequate may be prejudiced
 by the physical limitations of harbour reception facilities, either existing or likely to
 exist by April 1987 when the annex is supposed to come into force. We are pursuing
 some enquiries into this matter and hope to be able to report in a future issue.



   This Summer's IWC  Meeting  (see also page 8) illustrates the remarkable change
 which has come over the Commission. Only a few years ago it was agreeing quotas
for hundreds  of sperm  whales and now  finds itself monitoring an almost total
moratorium  for commercial  whaling. This success, however, presents a difficult
challenge, for the Commission must readjust to its new and vital role as an arbiter of
the scientific basis for the proper management of whales. No-one should forget that
the moratorium  is not for ever.



   Page 20 contains a photograph of the former UK Secretary of State for the En-
 vironment receiving a plaque of the World Charter for Nature. Readers may have
 noticed that since then, Prime Minister Thatcher has appointed a new Minister, but
 although Ministers change, the plaque on  the wall -  and the commitment   it
 represents - remain unaltered.
   William WaIdegrave,  the UK  Minister of State for the Environment  visited
recently the Federal Republic of Germany, to study the problems of marine pollu-
tion in the North Sea and the possible causes of tree damage, especially in the Black
Forest area. While there he made a major speech on UK environmental policy, in
which he  illustrated how environmental priorities and practices differ in both coun-
tries, due to differences in geography, history and politics. In this regard he pointed
out the UK  quality objectives versus the limit value approach to pollution
control, which have been publicized as being obstacles to the development of a com-
mon  policy in the Community -  but stressed that it was wrong to think that dif-
ferences of philosophy or practice are necessarily incompatible.
  In his opinion one of the biggest problems the community has to face, is to ensure
that the price support policy of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), is com-
mensurate  with the needs of conservation of the environment. He  called over-
pricing under the CAP an engine of destruction for the countryside as The drive
for ever increased production beyond what we needforfood... has sometimes forc-
edfarmers  over the limits of ecologically sound land use.
   Questioned at a press conference on the proposal for special area statuts for the
North  Sea under the MARPOL   Convention to deal with the problems affecting this
area, he replied that the UK could support a project to deal with specific problems
of the North Sea  (e.g., in the southern part of the German Bite) but was not in
favour of a plan for the whole of the North Sea area.
                                                                12 September 1985



The text of the new ASEAN Agreement (see page 11) is not yet officially released, but we shall print it as soon as possible.

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