Israel Environment Bulletin Winter 1995-5755, Vol. 18, No. 1

AGREEMENT ON THE GAZA STRIP AND THE JERICHO AREA

(Cairo, May 4, 1994)

Annex II: Protocol Concerning Civil Affairs

Article I: Liaison and Coordination in Civil Matters

35. Environmental Protection:

a. Israel and the Palestinian Authority shall act for the protection of the environment and prevention of environmental risks, hazards and nuisances.

b. Israel and the Palestinian Authority shall respectively adopt, apply and ensure compliance with internationally- recognized standards concerning acceptable levels of land, air, water and sea pollution, and acceptable levels of treatment and disposal of solid and liquid wastes; for the use and handling of hazardous substances, including pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, and standards for the prevention and abatement of noise, odor, pests and other nuisances which may affect each side and the Settlements and the military Installation Area.

c. The Palestinian Authority shall take the appropriate measures to prevent the uncontrolled discharge in the Gaza Strip and the Jericho Area of sewage effluents to water sources including underground and surface water and rivers, and to promote the proper treatment of sanitary and industrial waste water.

d. In the event that Israel or the Palestinian Authority considers that there might be a threat to its environment, any relevant information concerning the development activity and its environmental impact shall be provided by the relevant side.

e. Israel and the Palestinian Authority shall respectively operate an emergency warning system in order to respond to events or accidents which may generate environmental pollution, damage or hazards. A mechanism for mutual notification and coordination in cases of such events or accidents shall be established.

f. Israel and the Palestinian Authority shall cooperate in implementing agreed principles and standards concerning the protection of the Mediterranean Sea, the protection of the ozone layer, the control of movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal, the restriction of trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and the conservation of migratory species of wild animals.

g. Israel and the Palestinian Authority shall establish within the CAC (Joint Civil Affairs Coordination and Cooperation Committee) an Environmental Experts Committee for the coordination of environmental issues, to be convened when the need arises.