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.

Found 374 Decs, Recs & Ags:

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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General Guidance on the Voluntary Interim Application of the D1 Ballast Water Exchange Standard by vessels leaving the Baltic Sea and transiting through the North-East Atlantic to other destinations

Adopted:
2009, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 2009-05
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Agreement on CEMP Assessment Criteria for the QSR 2010

Adopted:
2009, Brussels
Reference Number:
Agreement 2009-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding between NEAFC and OSPAR

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-04
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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JAMP Guidelines for Contaminant-Specific Biological Effects (Replaces Agreement 2003-10).

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-09
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Other
Language:
English
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Descriptions of habitats on the OSPAR list of threatened and/or declining species and habitats (Replaces agreement 2004-07)

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-07
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Guidance for good practice for communicating with stakeholders on the establishment and management of marine protected areas

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-02
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR List of Threatened and/or Declining Species and Habitats (Replaces agreement 2004-6)

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Code of conduct for responsible marine research in the deep seas and high seas of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-01
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidance on Environmental Considerations for Offshore Wind Farm Development. Replaces agreements 2003-16, 2005-2, 2006-5, 2007-9

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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General Guidance on the Voluntary Interim Application of the D1 Ballast Water Exchange Standard in the North-East Atlantic and the Baltic Sea

Adopted:
2008, Brest
Reference Number:
Agreement 2008-10
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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Guidance for the design of the OSPAR Network of Marine Protected Areas: A self-assessment checklist

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-06
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Guidance to assess the effectiveness of management of OSPAR MPAs: a self-assessment scorecard

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-05
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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Confidentiality agreements in relation to the Implementation of the HMCS

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-13
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Guidelines for Risk Assessment and Management of Storage of CO2 Streams in Geological Formations

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-12
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Human Activities, Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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Handling of confidential documents on chemicals

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-11
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2007/2 on the Storage of Carbon Dioxide Streams in Geological Formations

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2007/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Human Activities, Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2007/1 to Prohibit the Storage of Carbon Dioxide Streams in the Water Column or on the Sea-bed

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2007/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Human Activities, Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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HARPNUT Guideline 6: Quantification and Reporting of Nitrogen and Phosophorus Losses from Diffuse Anthropogenic Sources and Natural Background Losses

Adopted:
2007, Ostend
Reference Number:
Agreement 2007-8
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Memorandum of Understanding between OSPAR and ICES

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
Agreement 2006-08
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2006/4 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2001/1 for the management of produced water from offshore installations

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2006/4
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2006/2 Amending OSPAR Recommendation 2003/4 on Controlling the Dispersal of Mercury from Crematoria

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2006/2
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2006/1 amending OSPAR Decisions 98/4 and 98/5 (Manufacture of VCM and s-PVC). This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2006/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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Guidance on developing an ecologically coherent network of OSPAR Marine Protected Areas

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
Agreement 2006-03
Type:
Agreement
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2006/3 on Environmental Goals for the Discharge by the Offshore Industry of Chemicals that Are, or Which Contain Substances Identified as Candidates for Substitution

Adopted:
2006, Stockholm
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2006/3
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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