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The OSPAR Ministerial Meeting, the North-East Atlantic Environment Summit, took place in Bergen, Norway on 20-24 September 2010.

Description: ministerial meeting

The 15 countries and the European Union, that are Contracting Parties to the OSPAR Convention, took actions for the protection of the marine environment.

Important issues included:

  • Protection of remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean through the establishment of the world's first high seas network of Marine Protected Areas beyond national jurisdiction;
  • Marine litter;
  • Off-shore oil drillings
  • Quality Status Report
  • Reform of OSPAR to accommodate the implementation of the MSFD

 

Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on the Ministerial meeting of the Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)

Statement by Commissioner Potočnik on the Ministerial meeting of the Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)

At the conference, Commissioner Potočnik and the Norwegian Minister of Environment were treated with a so-called "plastic breakfast": a life demonstration by KIMO on a fulmar what average amount of (plastic) litter can be found in the birds' stomach.

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The OSPAR Convention

The OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic adopted in 1992

picture of a beachThe OSPAR Convention of 1992 is the current legal instrument guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. Work under the Convention is managed by the OSPAR Commission, made up of representatives of the Governments of 15 Contracting Parties and the European Commission, representing the European Union.

The mission of OSPAR is to conserve marine ecosystems and safeguard human health in the North-East Atlantic by preventing and eliminating pollution; by protecting the marine environment from the adverse effects of human activities; and by contributing to the sustainable use of the seas.  

OSPAR's work is organised under six strategies:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Strategy
  • Eutrophication Strategy
  • Hazardous Substances Strategy
  • Offshore Industry Strategy
  • Radioactive Substances Strategy
  • Strategy for the Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme

 

These six strategies fit together to underpin the ecosystem approach. For each strategy a programme of work is designed and implemented annually.

OSPAR and the European Commission, DG ENV, Marine Unit

The objective of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Marine Directive) to reach Good Environmental Status of the marine waters by 2020 through marine strategies which apply the ecosystem-based approach is very much in line with the objectives and approaches by OSPAR. OSPAR is willing to facilitate the implementation of the Marine Directive by the Member States.

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Latest OSPAR publications can be found here

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