United Nations Environment Programme
environment for development
 Regional Seas Programme Search 
Home
About Regional Seas
RS Programmes
UNEP Administered
Non-UNEP Administered
Independent Programmes
RS Partners
Key Issues
RS Activities
Conference and Events
RS Global Meetings
Abidjan Scoping Meeting
Indicator RS Meetings
Visioning Workshop
Publications
Related Links
Contact Us
Site Map

 

 
 

North-East Atlantic - Governing Instruments
 

Regional Profile Contacts Participating Countries Website


The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic

Short Title: OSPAR Convention
Year adopted: 21-22 September 1992 (UNEP 2001)
Year entered into force: 25 March 1998 (UNEP 2001)

Supersedes: Oslo Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft (1974) and the Paris Convention for the Prevention of Marine pollution from Land-Based Sources (1978) (UNEP 2001)

Contracting Parties : (16) Belgium, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UNEP 2001)

Depositary State: France (UNEP 2001)

For full text of the Convention link to:
http://www.ospar.org/eng/html/welcome.html

 

OSPAR Action Plan 1998-2003

Participating Countries : (16) Belgium, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UNEP 2001)

Objective: In implementing the OSPAR Convention, 1992 the general objective of OSPAR is to prevent and eliminate pollution of the maritime area of the Convention and to ensure that the ecosystems of the maritime area are in a sustainable, sound and healthy condition and that human health is protected. In 1998 and 1999 the Commission adopted strategies for the purposes of directing its work in the medium to long term in the following five main areas:

  • Protection and conservation of ecosystems and biological diversity (cf. reference number 1998-19);
  • Hazardous substances (cf. reference number 1998-16);
  • Radioactive substances (cf. reference number 1998-17);
  • Eutrophication (cf. reference number 1998-18); and
  • Environmental goals and management mechanisms for offshore activities (cf. reference number 1999-12).

Together with the Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) (cf. Joint PARCOM and OSCOM Recommendation 95/1), these straegies form a vital basis of the present Action Plan for the period 1998-2003 (OSPAR Commission 2004).


<< Back