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: Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Iceland Ireland Luxembourg The Netherlands Norway Portugal Spain
15 States in the North East Atlantic catchments:
Belgium Denmark Finland
France Germany Iceland
Ireland Luxembourg The Netherlands
Norway Portugal Spain
Sweden Switzerland The 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.