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QUALITY STATUS REPORT 2010. Stephen Malcolm Cefas/Defra UK. About OSPAR. Main Objectives to prevent and eliminate pollution to protect the sea from adverse effects of human activities to safeguard human health to conserve marine ecosystems and, to restore affected marine areas

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QUALITY

STATUS REPORT

2010

Stephen Malcolm Cefas/Defra UK

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About OSPAR

Main Objectives

  • to prevent and eliminate pollution
  • to protect the sea from adverse effects of human activities
  • to safeguard human health
  • to conserve marine ecosystems and,
  • to restore affected marine areas

In doing so

  • to apply an ecosystem approach
  • to apply the precautionary principle, the “polluter pays” principle, and BAT and BEP
  • to adopt and implement programmes and measures
  • periodic general assessments of the quality status of the North-East Atlantic and its sub-regions (Quality Status Reports)
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OSPAR Contracting Parties

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

Involvement of IGOs and NGOs

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What is a Quality Status Report?

QSRs are statements on the health status of the sea, including:

  • analysis of the hydrodynamics, chemistry, habitats and biota
  • the impact of humans over space and time against this background of natural variability
  • the cumulative and relative impact of all the human pressures on the marine environment.
  • evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures taken
  • identification of priorities for action
  • basis for further implementing the ecosystem approach
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QSR History

North Sea Quality Status Reports

  • published in 1987 and 1993
  • drew together for the first time all available information on inputs to the sea, concentration levels and effects of pollutants

Quality Status Report 2000

  • comprehensive assessment of the environmental quality of the North-East Atlantic
  • based upon regional QSRs prepared for each of the five OSPAR regions
  • based on six years scientific work on monitoring and assessment, supported by monitoring over a much longer period.
  • major issues identified: the impact of fisheries and the continuation of work to combat hazardous substances
  • Quality Status Report 2010
  • launched at the 2010 OSPAR Ministerial Meeting in Bergen, Norway
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QSR 2010 main objectives

  • to assess the quality status of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic
  • to evaluate progress in applying the ecosystem approach to the management of human activities which may affect the marine environment, and (as part of this) in implementing the OSPAR Strategies;
  • to highlight any new, changed or emerging threats to the marine environment;
  • to identify priorities for regulatory action;
  • to identify significant gaps in knowledge in order to define priorities for further scientific, economic and/or social investigations
  • to cover, as far as possible, the initial assessment requirements of the EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive (c.f. Article 8 Initial Assessment)
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QSR contents

  • Key findings
  • Introduction
  • North East-Atlantic
  • Climate change
  • Eutrophication
  • Hazardous substances
  • Radioactive substances
  • Offshore oil and gas industry
  • Use of living marine Resources
  • Other human uses and impacts
  • Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Towards ecosystem assessment
  • Regional summaries

Thematic Chapters

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QSR Calendar

  • Preparation and groundwork phase
    • September 2006 - September 2007
  • Development phase
    • September 2007 - April 2009
  • QSR compilation and drafting phase
    • April 2009 - October 2009
  • Stakeholder e-consultation
    • November 2009 – see OSPAR website
  • Scientific Peer Review
    • November – December 2009
  • Publication phase
    • January 2010 – April 2010
  • QSR launch
    • OSPAR Ministerial meeting September 2010, Bergen
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QSR Package

QSR

2010

e-QSR

Special

‘Utrecht’

EcoQOs

WGs

WGs

JAMP

Fisheries

Shipping

Climate

Specific

Assessments

Eutrophication

Haz Subs

Data collection (e.g. CAMP, RID, CEMP) & Quality Assurance

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Making the POINT: Thematic Chapters

Conclusions & Recommendations

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Making the POINT: Key Findings

  • Several bullet points detailing Key Findings

AND

  • The QSR recommends ………..
title
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Successes

  • Inputs of pollutants have reduced
  • Fisheries management has improved
  • List of species and habitats in need of protection
  • Tested Ecological Quality Objectives
  • Collective and innovative assessment approaches
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Many challenges remain

  • Loss of biodiversity continues
  • Climate change and ocean acidification
  • Increasing and new activities
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QSR 2010 :

  • Gave clear direction to revision of the OSPAR Strategies and the new JAMP
  • Provides a platform for national Initial Assessments under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • Demonstrates the urgency and need to tackle impacts in the Arctic
  • Highlights OSPAR’s attempts to integrate the ecosystem approach, inherent difficulties and data gaps
  • Uses Best practice vis a vis Assessment of Assessment
contact
Contact

OSPAR Commission

Victoria House27-63 Southampton RowLondon WC1B 4DA / UKTel: +44 (0) 20 7430 5200Fax: +44 (0) 20 7430 5225Email address: secretariat@ospar.org Website: www.ospar.org

QSR: http://qsr2010.ospar.org

Photography: Audrey Baconnais-Rosez, Jennifer Labédie, John Dunn, David Johnson, Colin Moffat