Marine protection measures under review

IMO committee agrees sensitive status for Wadden Sea, addresses shipping climate emissions

Members of the International maritime organisation (IMO) agreed to declare the Wadden Sea as a sensitive area and tackled greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping at a week-long session of the body's environment committee that ended on Friday.

The decision to designate the Wadden Sea as a "particularly sensitive sea area" followed lobbying from its three neighbouring states, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. It is only the fifth sea area, and the first in Europe, to receive the IMO designation, which allows for stricter controls on discharges and ship routing.

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