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OSPAR News Digest 2015
Happy new year! 2015 was a busy year here at OSPAR. Here's a summary of our news feed detailing what we got up to from July to December.

Darius Campbell

Executive Secretary
The new website

OSPAR launched its new website this year. We hope you enjoy using it and welcome feedback. Please send any comments you may have to Lucy.

OSPAR's preparation for its 2017 Intermediate Assessment on the state of the marine environment in the OSPAR area
OSPAR's Intersessional Correspondence Group to Manage Preparation and Publication of the Intermediate Assessment 2017 held its meeting in beautiful Lisbon last week.
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OSPAR and The European Marine Observation and Data Network
OSPAR visited Brussels this week for a meeting of The European Marine Observation and Data Network
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Cross-sector cooperation key to eliminating microplastics in the marine environment
Small fragments of plastic are so prevalent in the North East Atlantic that it is now critical that sectors come together to tackle the problem at source if further damage to the marine environment is to be limited.
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The EcApRHA project
December saw the kick-off meeting of OSPAR's new EcApRHA project. What does EcApRHA stand for? Read on...
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OSPAR's Working Group on Monitoring and on Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment
OSPAR's Working Group on Monitoring and on Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment met in Copenhagen in November
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Biodiversity Monitoring & Assessment
OSPAR's Intersessional Correspondence Group on Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment (COBAM) met in London to continue its important work on measuring how different aspects of the marine ecosystem are changing across the North East Atlantic.
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OSPAR heads to Cape Verde for meeting of Abidjan Convention
OSPAR Deputy Luisa Rodriguez Lucas ventured to Cape Verde for a meeting of the Abidjan Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region.
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OSPAR welcomes cosmetics industry microplastics pledge
OSPAR's group of marine litter experts (ICG-ML) are in Shetland (UK) this week to discuss assessment and monitoring of marine litter as well as the implementation of OSPAR's action plan...
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Economic & Social Analysis
The revitalised OSPAR Intersessional correspondence group on economic and social analysis held its first meeting in Brussels in October 2015
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OSPAR and data
Our data expert, Chris Moulton, was in Belgium last week at the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) conference entitled Consolidating the Foundations, Building the Future.
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OSPAR and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Executive Secretary Darius Campbell is in Istanbul at the global meeting of Secretariats of the Regional Seas Conventions (RSCs) from all over the world. Together they will be developing plans to support Contracting Parties in their achievement of the new United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.
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OSPAR, The London Convention & the International Maritime Organization
The OSPAR Convention is visiting the International Maritime Organization this week for the meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Convention and its Protocol.
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OSPAR's Network of Marine Protected Areas
Since 2005, all 12 Contracting Parties (CPs) bordering the North-East Atlantic have nominated sites to the OSPAR Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) both in their national waters as well as collectively in areas beyond national jurisdiction. By the end of 2015, the network comprises 423 MPAs with a total surface area of 789,125 km2 or 5.8 % of the OSPAR Maritime Area.  
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OSPAR this week...COBAM, Trend, MSFD, JAMP & IA2017 explained!
This week sees the meetings of two of OSPAR's Intersessional Correspondence Groups (ICG). The ICG on Coordination of Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring (ICG-COBAM) is meeting in Trondheim whilst Ghent is the venue for the ICG on Trend Assessment of Annual Data on Dumping of Waste and Other Matter at Sea (ICG-Trend).
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OSPAR MSFD & Noise meetings in Copenhagen this week
OSPAR's Intersessional Correspondence Groups on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and noise are both being held in Copenhagen this week.
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Arctic Council Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation
Executive Secretary Darius Campbell attends first meeting of the Arctic Council Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation in Oslo this week.
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OSPAR Executive Secretary Heads North for Meeting with the Arctic Council
OSPAR Executive Secretary Darius Campbell is in Tromsø this week for a meeting with the Arctic Council
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International cooperation and trust key to protection of the North-East Atlantic
This week saw the meeting of the OSPAR Commission in Oostende (Belgium).
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