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 2003/3. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2003/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/2 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2003/3 on a Network of Marine Protected Areas

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/20 on an OSPAR framework for reporting encounters with conventional and chemical munitions in the OSPAR Maritime Area (replaces 2003/2 from 1 January 2011)

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/20
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/11 on furthering the protection and restoration of seapen and burrowing megafauna communities in the OSPAR Maritime Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/11
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/10 on furthering the protection and restoration of deep-sea sponge aggregations

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/10
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/9 on furthering the protection and restoration of coral gardens in the OSPAR Maritime Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/9
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/8 on furthering the protection and restoration of Lophelia pertusa reefs in the OSPAR Maritime Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/8
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/7 on furthering the protection and restoration of orange roughy in the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/7
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/6 on furthering the protection and restoration of the common skate species complex, the white skate, angel shark and basking shark

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/6
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/5 on the assessment of environmental impacts on threatened and/or declining species

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/5
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/17 on the Management of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge North of the Azores High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/17
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/16 on the Management of the Josephine Seamount High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/16
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/15 on the Management of the Antialtair Seamount High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/15
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/14 on the Management of the Altair Seamount High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/14
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/13 on the Management of the Charlie Gibbs South Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/13
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/12 on the Management of the Milne Seamount Complex Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/12
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2010/6 on the Establishment of the Mid Atlantic Ridge North of the Azores High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2010/6
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2010/5 on the Establishment of the Josephine Seamount High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2010/5
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2010/4 on the Establishment of the Antialtair Seamount High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2010/4
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2010/3 on the Establishment of the Altair Seamount High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2010/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2010/2 on the Establishment of the Charlie Gibbs South Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2010/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2010/1 on the establishment of the Milne Seamount Complex Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2010/01
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) (supersedes Recommendation 2000/5 from 1 January 2011)

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Recommendation 2010/03
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy

Adopted:
2010, Bergen
Reference Number:
Agreement 2010-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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Practical Arrangements between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the OSPAR Commission on sharing data on concentrations of radioactive substances in the OSPAR Maritime Area

Adopted:
2009, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 2009-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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