The OSPAR Science Agenda is an OSPAR document setting out most clearly its most important needs in the broad science areas that underpin OSPAR work. It aims to contribute to OSPAR communication with science providers and science funders. In order to do so, the scientific needs should be formulated at the right level of abstraction/concreteness and should be well balanced. Within OSPAR the Coordination Group (CoG), the thematic Committees and their subsidiary bodies should be involved. An additional aim is that its sets a framework for continuing and strengthening the partnership that OSPAR has with organisations such as ICES. It can provide a basis for coordination of national science programmes and define research needs that are best addressed at international level.
The OSPAR Science Agenda:
- identifies gaps in knowledge that hamper progress towards achieving the aims of the OSPAR Strategies;
- sets out a procedure to ensure that science needs are well defined and based on common understanding of knowledge needs (criteria), so that items:
- reflect the needs identified by relevant groups working within OSPAR, and that they have have contributed to their formulation;
- are prioritised, well planned and refer to appropriate (sub) regional scales;
- any initiative by OSPAR will not duplicate ongoing or planned research elsewhere.
The Science Agenda is a living document, with updates on a regular basis.