OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Commission)

Commission OSPAR pour la protection du milieu marin de l'Atlantique du Nord-Est (Commission OSPAR)

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25 Mar 1998, on entry into force of T-XT9256 - Convention for the Protection on the Marine Environment for the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention), adopted 22 Sep 1992. The Convention incorporates and replaces: T-XT7294 - Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft (Oslo Convention) of 15 Feb 1972, entered into force 6 Apr 1974, and supervised by H-XF0313 - Oslo Commission (OSCOM); T-XT7499 - Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources (Paris Convention) of 4 Jun 1974, entered into force 6 May 1978, and supervised by H-XF0312 - Paris Commission (PARCOM).


In accordance with the strategies and the Joint assessment and Monitoring Programme adopted in 1998 and revised in 2003: protect and conserve ecosystems and biological diversity; achieve near-background concentrations for naturally-occurring hazardous or radioactive substances and near-zero concentrations of man-made/synthetic/artificial hazardous or radioactive substances; when considering radioactive substances for the above, take into account legitimate use of the sea, technical feasibility and radiological impact on man and biota; attempt to achieve cessation of discharge, emission and loss of hazardous substances by 2020; ensure that additional concentrations of radioactive substances in the marine environment due to discharge, emission or loss are close to zero; monitor eutrophication; set environmental goals and management mechanisms for offshore oil and gas activities.


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Meeting of the Commission and its 6 Committees (annually). Heads of Delegations; Committee of Chairman and Vice-Chairmen; group of linguists and jurists. Committees (6): Biodiversity; Hazardous Substances; Radioactive Substances; Eutrophication; Offshore Oil and Gas; Assessment and Monitoring. Secretariat, headed by Executive Secretary.


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GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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