OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic. OSPAR -who are we?. 15 States in the North East Atlantic catchments: BelgiumDenmarkFinland FranceGermanyIceland IrelandLuxembourgThe Netherlands NorwayPortugalSpain
15 States in the North East Atlantic catchments:
SwedenSwitzerlandThe United Kingdom
and the European Community
The physical world
Mapping the sea
Locations, projections, bathymetry
- From portolans to Admiralty charts
The living world
We have been working on marine issues for a generation, and have a body of experience to offer in the fields of hazardous substances, radioactive substances, eutrophication, offshore oil and gas industries, and the protection of marine biodiversity.
Main strength: We are required to be holistic
Regional seas organisations have a flexible range of procedures open to them, and have been innovative in deploying them. They can continue to play such an innovative role.
Implementing a marine strategy needs resources.
There needs to be a similar level of effort throughout the management of the hydrological cycle.
Is there a risk that the EC Water Framework Directive’s status will pre-empt resources?
A European Marine Strategy must
This requires careful choice of the appropriate form of instruments.