Reporting of MPAs

The process for electronically nominating new OSPAR MPAs within the jurisdiction of a Contracting Party comprises the following steps:

  • Contracting Parties should complete the electronic nomination pro forma (Annex 4 to Agreement 2003-17, amended 2016), which consists of the following files:
    • GIS shapefiles; which need to contain the site geometry in WGS84 projection and a set of mandatory standard attributes (Please note that all new MPA nominations will require WDPA ID / WDPA PIDs. These should be requested by the nominating Contracting Party directly from the WDPA team at UNEP-WCMC.) Download the shape file template here;
    • an Excel file (and associated .csv file), Download the excel template here;
    • Guidance for completing this information can be downloaded here;
    • Guidance for completing information relating to MPA management can be downloaded here;