Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

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.

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Found 36 Decisions:

OSPAR Decision 2012/1 on the establishment of the Charlie-Gibbs North High Seas Marine Protected Area

Adopted:
2012, Bonn
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2012/01
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 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 2010/3 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 2010/4 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 2010/5 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 2010/6 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 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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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 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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OSPAR Decision 2005/1 amending OSPAR Decision 2000/2 on a harmonised mandatory control system for the use and reduction of the discharge of offshore chemicals

Adopted:
2005, Malahide
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2005/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2001/1 on the Review of Authorisations for Discharges or Releases of Radioactive Substances from Nuclear Reprocessing Activities. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
2001, Valencia
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2001/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2000/2 on a Harmonised Mandatory Control System for the Use and Discharge of Offshore Chemicals (as amended by OSPAR Decision 2005/1)

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2000/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2000/1 on Substantial Reductions and Elimination of Discharges, Emissions and Losses of Radioactive Substances, with Special Emphasis on Nuclear Reprocessing

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2000/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 2000/3 on the Use of Organic-phase Drilling Fluids (OPF) and the Discharge of OPF-Contaminated Cuttings.

Adopted:
2000, Copenhagen
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 2000/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/5 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for the Vinyl Chloride Sector, Applying to the Manufacture of Suspension-PVC (s-PVC) from Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM). Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/5
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/3 on the Disposal of Disused Offshore Installations

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/1 Concerning the status of Decisions and Recommendations and Other Agreements adopted under the former Oslo Convention and Paris Convention within the Framework of the OSPAR Convention

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity, Human Activities, Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication, Offshore Industry, Radioactive Substances, Other
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/2 on Dumping of Radioactive Waste

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Decision 98/4 on Emission and Discharge Limit Values for the Manufacture of Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) including the Manufacture of 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC). Consolidated text. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1998, Sintra
Reference Number:
OSPAR Decision 98/4
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 96/2 on the Phasing-Out of Processes Using Molecular Chlorine (Cl2) in the Bleaching of Kraft and Sulphite Pulp.This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 96/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 96/1 on the Phasing-Out of the Use of Hexachloroethane in the Non-Ferrous Metal Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1996, Oslo
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 96/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 95/1 on the Phasing Out of Short-Chained Chlorinated Paraffins. This measure has been set aside - see OSPAR 20/12/1, paragraph 9.22

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 95/1
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 95/2 on Discharge and Emission Limit Values for the Integrated and Non-Integrated Sulphite Paper Pulp Industry. This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 95/2
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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PARCOM Decision 95/3 on Discharge and Emission Limit Values for the Integrated and Non-Integrated Kraft Pulp Industry.This measure has been "set aside" - see OSPAR 10/23/1, Annex 5

Adopted:
1995, Brussels
Reference Number:
PARCOM Decision 95/3
Type:
Decision
Work Area(s):
Hazardous Substances & Eutrophication
Language:
English
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