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. Further reviews are undertaken regularly and as a result:

  • OSPAR 2018 agreed to set aside Agreement 2006-04 on the application of the EcoQO system and Agreement 2011-01 on a Voluntary Marine Beach Litter Monitoring Programme.
  • OSPAR 2019 agreed to set aside OSPAR Recommendations 2000/1 and 2000/2.
  • OSPAR 2020 agreed to set aside PARCOM Decision 90/3 and PARCOM Decision 95/1.

Found 381 Decs, Recs & Ags:

CEMP Guideline: Common indicator: Abundance at the relevant temporal scale of cetacean species regularly present (M4). Version of March 2019

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-09e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Revised OSPAR Reporting Format for Dumping at Sea and revised supplementary Explanatory Notes (Replaces 2016-08)

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-02e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common indicator in Region IV: Change in average trophic level of marine predators (FW4)

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-08e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common Indicator: PH1/FW5 Plankton lifeforms

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-07e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common indicator: Condition of benthic habitat communities (BH2) – common approach

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-06e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Combined guideline for the common indicators FC1, FC2, FC3 and FW3 for fish and food webs

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-05e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Explanatory Notes to the Reporting Format for the OSPAR Database on Offshore Renewable Energy Developments (Replaces Agreement 2015-02)

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-03e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common Indicator - Changes to non-indigenous species communities (NIS3)

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-04e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Guidelines for the submission of Information about, and Assessment of, the Application of BAT and BEP in Nuclear Facilities (Replaces Agreement 2004-03)

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
Agreement 2018-01e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2018/01 on Radioactive Discharges

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2018-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR CEMP Guidelines Common Indicator: BH3 Extent of Physical damage to predominant and special habitats

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Fishing-for-Litter Guidelines

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines for Monitoring and Assessment of loud, low and mid-frequency impulsive sound sources in the OSPAR Maritime Region

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-07
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines on Litter on the Seafloor

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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CEMP Guidelines for the assessment of dumping and placement of waste or other matter at sea

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Guidelines for the Sampling and Analysis of Cuttings Piles

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines for Monitoring the Environmental Impact of Offshore Oil and Gas Activities

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Agreement on contaminants’ criteria and methods for the Intermediate Assessment 2017

Adopted:
2017, Cork
Reference Number:
Agreement 2017-01e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common Indicator - Grey Seal Pup Production (M5)

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common Indicator - Seal Abundance and Distribution (M3)

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-11
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common Indicator - Marine Bird Breeding Success/Failure (B3)

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-10
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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CEMP Guideline: Common Indicator - Marine Bird Abundance (B1)

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-09e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Methodology for Deriving Environmental Assessment Criteria and their application

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-07e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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CEMP guidelines for coordinated monitoring for eutrophication, CAMP and RID, Revised in 2020

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-05e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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CEMP guidelines for coordinated monitoring for hazardous substances. Revised in 2020

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
Agreement 2016-04e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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