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. Additionally, OSPAR 2018 agreed to set aside Agreement 2006-04 on the application of the EcoQO system. OSPAR 2019 agreed to set aside OSPAR Recommendations 2000/1 and 2000/2

Found 372 Decs, Recs & Ags:

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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OSPAR Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) 2014 – 2023. Update 2019

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 (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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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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