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 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). Amended in 2019

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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Revised JAMP Eutrophication Monitoring Guideline: Nutrients (Replaces Agreement 1997-02)

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines for Monitoring of Contaminants in Seawater

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Explanatory notes for the reporting format - inventory of offshore installations. Update 2019

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-07
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Programme de surveillance eutrophisation

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2005-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Eutrophication Monitoring Programme

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2005-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR List of Substances Used and Discharged Offshore which Are Considered to Pose Little or No Risk to the Environment (PLONOR) - Update 2019

Adopted:
2013, Gothenburg
Reference Number:
Agreement 2013-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines for Completing the Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) (Updated 2019)

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-05
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2012/1 on the Management of the Charlie-Gibbs North High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2012/01
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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JAMP Eutrophication Monitoring Guidelines: Benthos (replaces Agreement 1997-06)

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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JAMP Eutrophication Monitoring Guidelines: Chlorophyll a in Water (replaces Agreement 1997-04)

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-11
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Revised data collection format for the Annual OSPAR Report on Discharges, Spills and Emissions from Offshore Oil and Gas Installations (Replaces 2005-14). Update 2019. English only

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines in support of Recommendation 2012/5 for a Risk-based Approach to the Management of Produced Water Discharges from Offshore Installations

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-07
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Integrated Guidelines for the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment of Contaminants

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Joint Notice to Shipping on General Guidance on the Voluntary Interim Application of the D1 Ballast Water Exchange Standard

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
Agreement 2012-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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