OSPAR

OSPAR Commission

Initiative Type: Programmes

Belém Statement Area: Climate Variability, Emerging Pollutants, Ocean Observation, Ocean Resources, Ocean Technology

Initiative Location: Belgium,Denmark,Finland,France,Germany,Iceland,Ireland,Luxembourg,Norway,Netherlands,Portugal,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland,United Kingdom

Time Frame: 1972-Ongoing

Description:

OSPAR is the mechanism by which 15 Governments & the EU cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. OSPAR started in 1972 with the Oslo Convention against dumping and was broadened to cover land-based sources of marine pollution and the offshore industry by the Paris Convention of 1974. These two conventions were unified, up-dated and extended by the 1992 OSPAR Convention. The new annex on biodiversity and ecosystems was adopted in 1998 to cover non-polluting human activities that can adversely affect the sea. OSPAR is so named because of the original Oslo and Paris Conventions ("OS" for Oslo and "PAR" for Paris).

Contact: OSPAR Commission

Initiative Website: https://www.ospar.org/