The OSPAR Acquis: Decisions, Recommendations & Agreements

The OSPAR Acquis - the Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements that constitute the accumulated body of OSPAR measures and actions

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic ("OSPAR Convention") replaces the former Oslo and Paris Conventions.

Decisions, Recommendations and all Other Agreements adopted under those former Conventions continue to be applicable unless they are terminated by new measures adopted under the OSPAR Convention. Any Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements adopted under the Oslo and Paris Conventions that were considered to no longer apply under the OSPAR Convention were revoked by OSPAR Decision 98/1.

Maintaining the OSPAR Acquis

The latest list of Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements applicable within the framework of the OSPAR Convention is available here.

At its meeting in 2009, OSPAR agreed that there was no need for the OSPAR Commission to carry out annual reviews of this list. The Secretariat keeps the list up to date as new or amended measures are agreed. The OSPAR Committees review the applicability of any Decision, Recommendation or Other Agreement that relate to their area of responsibility and inform the meeting of the Commission as appropriate (at least every 5 years) of any that need to be updated, or that are proposed to be set aside. Those Decisions, Recommendations and Other Agreements that are set aside are indicated by blue shaded text in the List of Decisions, Recommendations and Agreements.

The Commission reviewed the acquis in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2017/18.

Implementation of OSPAR measures

Under the North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy (NEAES) 2010-2020 the OSPAR Commission was guided by its vision of a clean, healthy and biologically diverse North-East Atlantic Ocean, used sustainably. In seeking to deliver this vision the OSPAR Commission has harmonised policies and strategies and drawn up measures and actions to protect the marine environment. These are captured in the OSPAR Measures and Actions Programme (MAP), which maintains an overview of the implementation of the measures in the OSPAR aquis. This information is maintained in the OSPAR MAP Matrix.

In 2015 OSPAR published an overview of the ‘Existing OSPAR measures in support of MSFD programmes of measures’ (Publication 2015/665). This document provides a regional overview of OSPAR measures that support the achievement of good environmental status in marine waters under the EU MSFD.

OSPAR 2020 agreed a progress report on implementation of OSPAR measures in support of the review of North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy 2010-2020. The report builds on the information maintained in the OSPAR MAP Matrix.

Implementation successes

OSPAR’s measures and actions programme over the period 2010-2020 focused on:

  • the development of measures for the protection and conservation of biodiversity identified for priority action with programmes of action adopted for 40 species and 16 habitats and 3 rounds of implementation reporting completed;
  • consolidation of OSPAR’s network of marine protected areas, including in areas beyond national jurisdiction, which has resulted in 550 MPAs being nominated to the OSPAR MPA network, with annual implementation reporting through a data call to also maintain up to date information about the MPAs in an OSPAR MPA database;
  • the establishment of a risk-based approach for the management of produced water discharges from the offshore oil and gas industry to complement the OSPAR harmonised mandatory control system for offshore chemicals and promote the shift towards a reduction in the use of more hazardous substances;
  • the full implementation of the ban on the dumping or leaving in place of disused offshore installations;
  • the full implementation of the measure on the application of the BAT and BEP in nuclear facilities have resulted in a reduction of discharges from the nuclear sector
  • successfully phasing out all mercury cell chlor-alkali plants in the OSPAR Maritime Area as a result of its Contracting Parties fully implementing PARCOM Decision 90/3 on reducing atmospheric emissions from existing chlor-alkali plants;
  • development and implementation of the Regional Action Plan on marine litter, including measures on fishing for litter and sustainability education programmes for fishers.

OSPAR has also maintained a watching brief on the measures being taken by other competent authorities in the fields of management of land-based sources of hazardous substances and nutrients, the management of fisheries and other human activities with the potential to impact biodiversity. Where needed OSPAR brought matters of importance to the attention of the relevant authorities.

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Found 155 Decs, Recs & Ags:

OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals (superseded Recommendation 2016/4 from 1 January 2018)

Adopted:
Cork, 2017
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2017-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2020/03 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2012/5 for a risk-based approach to the Management of Produced Water Discharges from Offshore Installations

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2020/01 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2011/5, OSPAR Recommendation 2013/4, OSPAR Recommendation 2013/5, OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2020/02 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2001/01, as amended

Adopted:
2020, videoconference
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2020/02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals, as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2019/04. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2017-01, amended by Recommendation 2019-04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
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, as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2019/02. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2006-03, as amended by Recommendation 2019-02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/04 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2017/01 on a Harmonised Pre-screening Scheme for Offshore Chemicals (takes effect from 1 January 2020)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-04e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/02 amending 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:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/01 on the reduction of marine litter through the Implementation of Sustainability Education Programmes for Fishers

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2019/03 amending OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF) (as amended by OSPAR Recommendation 2014/17)

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2019-03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3 on a Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF), as amended by Recommendation 2014/17 and Recommendation 2019/3. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2019, Dordrecht
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2010/3, as amended by Recommendation 2014/17 and 2019/3. Consolidated text
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Offshore Industry
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2018/01 on Radioactive Discharges

Adopted:
2018, Paris
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2018-01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Radioactive Substances
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2016/03 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2016/03e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2016/02 on furthering the protection and conservation of intertidal mudflats in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2016/02e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2016/01 on the reduction of marine litter through the implementation of fishing for litter initiatives

Adopted:
2016, Tenerife
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2016/01e
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Human Activities
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2015/01 on furthering the protection and conservation of intertidal Mytilus edulis beds on mixed and sandy sediments in Regions II and III of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/01
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2015/02 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Azorean limpet (Patella aspera ) in Region V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/02
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2015/03 on furthering the protection and conservation of the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in Regions I, II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/03
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2015/04 on furthering the protection and conservation of the Allis shad (Alosa alosa) in Regions II, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2015, Ostend
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2015/04
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
Language:
English
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OSPAR Recommendation 2014/7 on furthering the protection and conservation of the spotted ray (Raja montagui) in Regions II, III, IV and V of the OSPAR maritime area

Adopted:
2014. Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/07
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, III and IV of the OSPAR maritime area. Consolidated text

Adopted:
2014, Cascais
Reference Number:
OSPAR Recommendation 2014/1
Type:
Recommendation
Work Area(s):
Biodiversity
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 2014/10 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 2014/11 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 2014/12 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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