Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

A complete list of OSPAR Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements can be found here

Work to implement the OSPAR Convention and its strategies is taken forward through the adoption of decisions, which are legally binding on the Contracting Parties, recommendations and other agreements. Decisions and recommendations set out actions to be taken by the Contracting Parties. These measures are complemented by other agreements setting out:

  • issues of importance;
  • agreed programmes of monitoring, information collection or other work which the Contracting Parties commit to carry out;
  • guidelines or guidance setting out the way that any programme or measure should be implemented;
  • actions to be taken by the OSPAR Commission on behalf of the Contracting Parties.

OSPAR 2010 reviewed the applicability of Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements within the framework of the OSPAR Convention and agreed that a number of measures could be considered as fulfilled or overtaken by measures adopted at national level or within other forums and therefore not followed by OSPAR anymore. As a consequence, while being set aside, they are retained as part of OSPAR’s ‘acquis’. The list of these measures together with an explanation of why they have been set aside is at Annex 5 to OSPAR 10/23/1.

Found 344 Decs, Recs & Ags:

OSPAR Recommendation 2014/3 on furthering the protection and conservation of the gulper shark (Centrophorus granulosus) in Regions IV and V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/03
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/2 on furthering the protection and conservation of the spurdog (Squalus acanthias) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1 on furthering the protection and conservation of the common or European sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) in Regions II and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/01
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) 2014 – 2021. Update 2016

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
Agreement 2014-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Regional Action Plan for Prevention and Management of Marine Litter in the North-East Atlantic

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Agreement 2014-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/12 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Steller’s eider (Polysticta stelleri) in Region I of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/12
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/11 on furthering the protection and restoration of the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in Regions II and III of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/11
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/10 on furthering the protection and conservation of the northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/10
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Recommandation OSPAR 2013/9 sur la promotion de la protection et conservation de la baleine bleue de l’Atlantique nord (Balaenoptera musculus) dans la zone maritime d’OSPAR

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
Recommandation OSPAR 2013/09
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English, French
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/8 on furthering the protection and conservation of the bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) in Region I of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/08
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/7 on furthering the protection and conservation of the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in Regions IV and V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/07
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/6 on furthering the protection and conservation of the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/06
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/5 on furthering the protection and restoration of the ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) in Region II of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/05
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/4 on furthering the protection and conservation of Ostrea edulis in Region II of the OSPAR maritime area and Ostrea edulis beds in Regions II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/3 on furthering the protection and recovery of Modiolus modiolus beds in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/03
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Recommendation 2013/2 on furthering the protection and conservation of Sabellaria spinulosa reefs in Regions II and III of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/1 on furthering the protection and conservation of littoral chalk communities in Region II of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/01
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Statement on the Common understanding of the Recommendations on species and habitats

Adopted:
2013, London
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-13
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2013/9 on furthering the protection and conservation of the North Atlantic blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2013/9
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Reporting Formats for the Collection of Data on Liquid Discharges from Nuclear Installations (English only)

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-10
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding between the OSPAR Commission and the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Common Procedure for the Identification of the Eutrophication Status of the OSPAR Maritime Area

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Reporting Procedures for Discharges of Radioactive Substances from Non-nuclear Sectors. Replaces agreement 2005-07

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-11
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding between the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization and the OSPAR Commission

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Revised JAMP Eutrophication Monitoring Guideline: Oxygen (Replaces Agreement 1997-03)

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-05
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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