Monitoring and assessment are indispensable for the management of human activities in our seas. OSPAR's Joint Assessment & Monitoring Programme (JAMP) describes the strategy, themes and products that OSPAR Contracting Parties are committed to deliver, through collaborative efforts in OSPAR, over the period 2014-2021 with reference to the relevant provisions of:
- the OSPAR Convention (Art. 6 and Annex IV, and Art. 8), in particular as support for the implementation of the OSPAR North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy ('OSPAR Strategy');
- the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, Directive 2008/56/EC)
OSPAR has produced a number of JAMP Guidelines over the years in relation to monitoring and assessment. Following the adoption of the broadened Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP) in 2016, it was agreed that these Guidelines will become CEMP Guidelines. As a number of the existing JAMP Guidelines are due for review over the coming years they will retain the name "JAMP Guidelines" until that review is complete. The CEMP Guidelines adopted from 2016 and the existing JAMP Guidelines can now be found on the CEMP section of the website.