The OSPAR Convention is the mechanism by which 15 governments and the EU co-operate to prevent and eliminate pollution and protect the maritime area against the adverse effects of human activities so as to safeguard human health and to conserve marine ecosystems and, when practicable, restore marine areas which have been adversely affected.
Adopted: 22 September 1992
Opened for signature: 22 September 1992
Entered into force: 25 March 1998
Parties: 16 (including the European Union) (see table below)
More information on the OSPAR Convention, including the text, is available here.
The current status of the OSPAR Convention is available here.
The following article related to the OSPAR Convention was published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:
Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention)
Last reviewed: 9 February 2017