The OSPAR Acquis: Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

The OSPAR Acquis - the Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements that constitute the accumulated body of OSPAR measures and actions

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic ("OSPAR Convention") replaces the former Oslo and Paris Conventions.

Decisions, Recommendations and all Other Agreements adopted under those former Conventions continue to be applicable unless they are terminated by new measures adopted under the OSPAR Convention. Any Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements adopted under the Oslo and Paris Conventions that were considered to no longer apply under the OSPAR Convention were revoked by OSPAR Decision 98/1.

Maintaining the OSPAR Acquis

The latest list of Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements applicable within the framework of the OSPAR Convention is available here.

At its meeting in 2009, OSPAR agreed that there was no need for the OSPAR Commission to carry out annual reviews of this list. The Secretariat keeps the list up to date as new or amended measures are agreed. The OSPAR Committees review the applicability of any Decision, Recommendation or Other Agreement that relate to their area of responsibility and inform the meeting of the Commission as appropriate (at least every 5 years) of any that need to be updated, or that are proposed to be set aside. Those Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements that are set aside are indicated by blue shaded text in the List of Decisions, Recommendations and Agreements.

The Commission reviewed the acquis in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2017/18.

Implementation of OSPAR measures

Under the North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy (NEAES) 2010-2020 the OSPAR Commission was guided by its vision of a clean, healthy and biologically diverse North-East Atlantic Ocean, used sustainably. In seeking to deliver this vision the OSPAR Commission has harmonised policies and strategies and drawn up measures and actions to protect the marine environment. These are captured in the OSPAR Measures and Actions Programme (MAP), which maintains an overview of the implementation of the measures in the OSPAR aquis. This information is maintained in the OSPAR MAP Matrix.

In 2015 OSPAR published an overview of the ‘Existing OSPAR measures in support of MSFD programmes of measures’ (Publication 2015/665). This document provides a regional overview of OSPAR measures that support the achievement of good environmental status in marine waters under the EU MSFD.

OSPAR 2020 agreed a progress report on implementation of OSPAR measures in support of the review of North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy 2010-2020. The report builds on the information maintained in the OSPAR MAP Matrix.

Implementation successes

OSPAR’s measures and actions programme over the period 2010-2020 focused on:

  • the development of measures for the protection and conservation of biodiversity identified for priority action with programmes of action adopted for 40 species and 16 habitats and 3 rounds of implementation reporting completed;
  • consolidation of OSPAR’s network of marine protected areas, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction, which has resulted in 550 MPAs being nominated to the OSPAR MPA network, with annual implementation reporting through a data call to also maintain up to date information about the MPAs in an OSPAR MPA database;
  • the establishment of a risk-based approach for the management of produced water discharges from the offshore oil and gas industry to complement the OSPAR harmonised mandatory control system for offshore chemicals and promote the shift towards a reduction in the use of more hazardous substances;
  • the full implementation of the ban on the dumping or leaving in place of disused offshore installations;
  • the full implementation of the measure on the application of the BAT and BEP in nuclear facilities have resulted in a reduction of discharges from the nuclear sector
  • successfully phasing out all mercury cell chlor-alkali plants in the OSPAR Maritime Area as a result of its Contracting Parties fully implementing PARCOM Decision 90/3 on reducing atmospheric emissions from existing chlor-alkali plants;
  • development and implementation of the Regional Action Plan on marine litter, including measures on fishing for litter and sustainability education programmes for fishers.

OSPAR has also maintained a watching brief on the measures being taken by other competent authorities in the fields of management of land-based sources of hazardous substances and nutrients, the management of fisheries and other human activities with the potential to impact biodiversity. Where needed OSPAR brought matters of importance to the attention of the relevant authorities.

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Found 36 Decs, Recs & Ags:

PARCOM Decision 92/1 on the Reduction of Discharges of Chlorinated Organic Substances from the Production of Bleached Kraft and Sulphite Pulp. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 92/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 92/3 on the Phasing Out of PCBs and Hazardous PCB Substitutes. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1992, Paris
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 92/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 90/2 on Programmes and Measures for Mercury and Cadmium Containing Batteries. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 90/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 90/3 on Reducing Atmospheric Emissions from Existing Chlor-Alkali Plants. This measure has been set aside - see OSPAR 20/12/1, paragraph 9.20

Adopted:
1990, Reykjavik
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 90/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 85/1: Programmes and Measures of 31 December 1985 on Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Mercury Discharges by Sectors other than the Chlor-alkali Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1985, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 85/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 85/2: Programmes and Measures on Limit Values and Quality Objectives for Cadmium Discharges. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1985, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 85/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 82/1 on New Chlor-Alkali Plants Using Mercury Cells. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1982, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 82/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 81/1 on Limit Values for Existing Waste Brine Chlor-Alkali Plants. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1981, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 81/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 81/2 on Limit Values for Existing Brine Recirculation Chlor-Alkali Plants (exit of the factory site). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1981, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 81/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 80/2 on Limit Values for Mercury Emissions in Water from Existing and New Brine Recirculation Chloralkali Plants (exit of the purification plant). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1980, Stockholm
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 80/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 80/1 on Environmental Quality Standard for Mercury in Organisms. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1980, Stockholm
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 80/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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