The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.


Plan Bleu aims at enlightening the environment and development issues in the Mediterranean.


The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) assists the Mediterranean coastal States in ratifying, transposing, implementing and enforcing international maritime conventions related to the prevention of, preparedness for and response to marine pollution from ships.


The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.


INTERPOL aims at preventing and fighting crime through enhanced cooperation and innovation on police and security matters. The Pollution Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects, including Clean Seas, to combat the transport, trade and disposal of wastes and hazardous substances in contravention of national and international laws. 


The RAMOGE Agreement is a scientific, technical, legal and administrative tool of governments of France, Italy and Monaco, which facilitates the implementation of actions for an integrated coastal management.


The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) is one of the European Union's decentralised agencies. Based in Lisbon, the Agency provides technical assistance and support to the European Commission and Member States in the development and implementation of EU legislation on maritime safety, pollution by ships and maritime security.


OSPAR is the mechanism by which 15 Governments (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom) & the European Union cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.


The North Sea Network of Investigators and Prosecutors (NSN) is a body associated with the OSPAR Commission and closely cooperating with the Bonn Agreement which was set up in 2002 to help enforce international regulations preventing pollution from ships in the North Sea.


The Bonn Agreement is the mechanism by which the North Sea States (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), and the European Union, work together to help each other in combating pollution in the North Sea Area from maritime disasters and chronic pollution from ships and offshore installations; and to carry out surveillance as an aid to detecting and combating pollution at sea.


The Network of Prosecutors on Environmental Crime in the Baltic Sea Region (ENPRO) works under the auspices of the Network of the Prosecutors General in the Baltic Sea States i.e. the member states of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), namely Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. 


The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) is the governing body of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area,  known as the Helsinki Convention. The Contracting Parties are Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Co-operation on aerial surveillance within the Baltic Sea area was established already during the 1980s within the framework of HELCOM.