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:

Impulsive noise monitoring reporting format

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
Agreement 2014-10e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Monitoring Guidance for Underwater Noise in European Seas

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
Agreement 2014-08ef
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Collective arrangement between competent international organisations on cooperation and coordination regarding selected areas in areas beyond national jurisdiction in the North-East Atlantic (Update to Annex 2 in 2018)

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
Agreement 2014-09e
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/17 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF)

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/17
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/18 on the Strategy for the Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/18
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/16 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Iberian guillemot (Uria aalge) in Region IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/16
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/15 on furthering the protection and conservation of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla) in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/15
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/14 on furthering the protection and conservation of cod (Gadus morhua) in the OSPAR Maritime Area, Regions II and III

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/14
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/13 on furthering the protection and conservation of Maerl beds in Region III of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/13
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/12 on furthering the protection and conservation of Cymodocea meadows in Region IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/12
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/11 on furthering the protection and conservation of hydrothermal vents/fields occurring on oceanic ridges in Region V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/11
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/10 on furthering the protection and conservation of carbonate mounds in Region V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/10
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/9 on furthering the protection and conservation of seamounts in Regions I, IV and V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/09
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/8 on furthering the protection and conservation of the thornback ray (Raja clavata) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/08
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/6 on furthering the protection and conservation of the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/06
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Establishment of a list of Predicted No Effect Concentrations (PNECs) for naturally occurring substances in produced water (English only)

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
Agreement 2014-05ef
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/5 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Portuguese dogfish (Centroscymnus coelolepis) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/05
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/4 on furthering the protection and conservation of the leafscale gulper shark (Centrophorus squamosus) in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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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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Regional Action Plan for Prevention and Management of Marine Litter in the North-East Atlantic (Amended in 2018)

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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