International conventions and agreements

As environmental pollution is independent of national borders and can spread over great distances, the Ministry collaborates with the environment sector in both international and regional forums, and Greenland has joined a number of conventions and agreements in the environment sector

A convention is an agreement between two or more States. In order for a State to become bound by a convention, the State must have ratified the Convention.

Conventions and agreements that Greenland has acceded to on the environment:

  • The International Convention for the  Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
  • The Nordic Environmental Protection Convention 
  • The Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter
  • The Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)
  • Canada-Denmark (Greenland) agreement on the cooperation in combating against pollution incidents at sea (CANDEN agreement)
  • The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer
  • The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal 
  • The International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPCR Convention)
  • The Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention)
  • The Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (ESPOO Convention)
  • The Copenhagen agreement on the cooperation in combating against pollution incidents at sea