The OSPAR Convention
The OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic adopted in 1992
The 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.
Latest OSPAR publications can be found here