The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is the UN organization responsible for the world-wide regulation of shipping, has, at its meeting in London, 7-11 October 2002, agreed to designate major parts of the Dutch, German and Danish Wadden Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA).
Application Document to the IMO MEPC
Designation of the Wadden Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area. Application document submitted by Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 48) of the IMO:
Decision Documents IMO - MEPC 48
PSSA Feasibility Study
As agreed at the Stade Conference 1997, a Feasibility Study for a PSSA nomination has been made by the trilateral Wadden Sea cooperation and discussed at the Esbjerg Wadden Sea Conference in October 2001. The study was the basis for the PSSA designation in 2002.