The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic 1992 (PDF 102 KB) is more commonly known as the OSPAR Convention.
The OSPAR Convention unified and updated the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft 1972 (the Oslo Convention) and the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-Based Sources 1974 (the Paris Convention).
The UK is a signatory to the OSPAR Convention.
The OSPAR Commission manages work done under the OSPAR Convention. It is made up of representatives of the European Commission and 15 Governments of the western coasts and catchments of Europe: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The OSPAR Commission regularly publishes reports and guidelines on matters affecting the marine environment.
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