Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)—snapshot
Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)—snapshot
  • OSPAR
  • The North-East Atlantic
  • OSPAR Commission
  • OSPAR general obligations
  • Pollution from land-based sources
  • Pollution by dumping or incineration
  • Pollution from offshore sources
  • Assessment of the quality of the marine environment
  • Pollution from other sources
  • more

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Title Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR)
Parties 15 governments and the EU
Adopted 22 September 1992
Entry into force 25 March 1998
Full text Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic
Subject Marine pollution, marine conservation

OSPAR

OSPAR is a regional agreement by which 15 governments and the EU (see implementing Council Decision 98/249/EC) co-operate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic.

The OSPAR agreement takes its name from the two agreements it replaced—the 1972 Oslo Convention for