Ospar Commission
End of year news 2019
OSPAR Commission meets in the Netherlands
Marine policy makers from around Europe gathered in the Netherlands for the annual meeting of the OSPAR Commission for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.
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Ocean Acidification Expert Group Meeting
OSPAR’s new expert group on ocean acidification had its second meeting at SWAM in Gothenburg on 10 September 2019
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Ecologically or biologically significant marine areas workshop
OSPAR attended a workshop on ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) in the North-East Atlantic in Stockholm (Sweden) from 22-27 September
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Regional coordination in relation to ship generated waste
With the adoption of the EU’s new Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive (Directive 2019/833, repealing the current Directive 2000/59/EC), Action 30 of the OSPAR Regional Action Plan (RAP) on Marine Litter is complete.
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OSPAR’s eutrophication Common Procedure Agreement and the Eutrophication Modelling Group
OSPAR held a meeting of the Task Group to revise OSPAR’s eutrophication Common Procedure Agreement and the Eutrophication Modelling Group workshop in Hamburg from 23-27 September 2019
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North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission PECMAS meeting 2019
The Secretariat attended the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission PECMAS meeting in London from 1-2 October 2019
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Marine Protected Areas meeting 2019
OSPAR's Marine Protected Areas group met from 8-10 October in Vilm, Germany
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Joint OSPAR-HELCOM workshop to examine possibilities for developing indicators for incidental by-catch of birds and marine mammals
The Secretariat attended the Joint OSPAR-HELCOM workshop to examine possibilities for developing indicators for incidental by-catch of birds and marine mammals in Copenhagen (Denmark) in October 2019
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Meeting on ambient noise monitoring in the North Sea
The Secretariat attended a meeting on 7 October 2019 to review the progress of the JOMOPANS project – to establish ambient noise monitoring in the North Sea.
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Special consultative meeting
On Friday 18 October 2019 a meeting was held in London in accordance with OSPAR Decision 98/3 on the Disposal of Disused Offshore Installations. The Decision prohibits the dumping, and leaving wholly or partly in place, of disused offshore installations within the maritime area but sets out a process for considering derogations to this prohibition.
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Innovation in the Framework of the Atlantic Deep Ocean
Deputy Secretary, Jo Foden, attended the iFADO meeting in the Azores from 21-24 Oct 2019
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First meeting of the reconvened OSPAR group ICG-REACH
The first meeting of the reconvened OSPAR group ICG-REACH took place in Aberdeen on 29-30 October 2019
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North Sea Wrecks Project – Steering Group meeting
The Secretariat attended the second steering group meeting of the North Sea Wrecks Project in Bremerhaven from 21-22 October 2019
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Coordination of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring meeting 2019
OSPAR's group on the Coordination of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring met in London from 19-21 November 2019
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Marine Litter Autumn 2019 meeting
OSPAR's marine litter group met in Wexford, Ireland in November to discuss OSPAR’s marine litter monitoring and assessment work as well as progress on the Marine Litter Regional Action Plan.
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Monitoring and on Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment 2019 meeting
The meeting of the Working Group on Monitoring and on Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment took place from 18-22 November 2019 in Copenhagen
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Protection of Species and Habitats meeting 2019
OSPAR's group on the protection of species and habitats met in Madrid from 2-5 December 2019
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Arctic Council Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response meeting 2019
The Secretariat attended the Arctic Council's Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response meeting in Reykjavik (Iceland) from 4-5 December 2019
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5th CleanAtlantic Coordination Meeting
The Secretariat attended the 5th Coordination meeting – including invitation to advisory board members (which includes OSPAR Secretariat). The meeting was held in Galway (Ireland) from 2-3 December 2019.
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Comparative Evaluation of Decommissioning Options in support of Derogation Proposals meeting
OSPAR held an informal meeting on Comparative Evaluation of Decommissioning Options in support of Derogation Proposals in Aberdeen (UK) from 10-11 December 2019
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