North Sea Ministerial Conference
Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation
ICES
OSPAR
ASCOBANS
NEAFC

WWF'S SUBMISSIONS TO THE OSPAR
COMMISSION FOR THE PROTECTION
OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT OF THE NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
OSPAR 1998

Working Group on Sea-Based Activities (SEBA), Copenhagen, Denmark, 16-20 February 1998


Remobilisation of Organotin Compounds from Sediments of the North Sea and the Baltic and the Relevance for Biological Effects (Word file)

Briefing and Background Report on Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (Word file)


Programmes and Measures Committee (PRAM), Reykjavik, Iceland, 30 March - 2 April 1998

Proposals with regard to the Development of a Selection and Prioritisation Mechanism for Hazardous Substances (Word file)


Heads of Delegation Meeting (HOD), London, 12-14 May 1998

WWF's View on Documents in Preparation for OSPAR MMC 1998


Heads of Delegation Meeting (HOD), London, 9-10 June 1998

Briefing on Phthalates

Notes on draft 1998/1999 OSPAR Action Plan

Comments on the Provisional Redraft of the Sintra Statement


1st OSPAR Commission Meeting, Sintra, Portugal, 20-24 July 1998

Creating a Sea Change - A WWF / IUCN Vision for our Blue Planet (PDF file)

Pour une mer vivante: changeons de cap - Stratégie du WWF et de l'UICN pour l'avenir de notre planète bleue (PDF file)

Comments relating to the OSPAR Action Plan, Work Programmes and Priorities (Word file)

Comments relating to Programmes and Measures (Word file)


1998 Ministerial Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR / MMC), Sintra, Portugal, 22-23 July 1998

WWF's Essentials for the 1998 Ministerial Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR MMC)
(PDF file)


OSPAR Workshop on Marine Protected Areas (MPA), Isle of Vilm, Germany,
31 August -4 September 1998


The Value of Protecting Offshore Areas as Marine Reserves

Justification for the potential selection of a number of sites in the North Sea/North-East Atlantic as Offshore Marine Protected Areas: Celtic Shelf Break, Dogger Bank, Rockall Bank, Rockall Trough and Channel, Western Irish Sea Front (PDF files)

Briefing on the Management of Offshore Marine Protected Areas

Report on the Management of Offshore Marine Protected Areas


OSPAR Working Group on Impacts to the Marine Environment (IMPACT), London, 22-25 September 1998

What can be gained from an ecosystem approach to environmental protection (Word file)

Rising Sea Levels and Coastal Squeeze (Word file)

Lophelia pertusa - a cold water coral (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Factsheet
(PDF file)

Comments by BirdLife International and WWF on IMPACT 98/4/3 (Information on the incidental mortality of marine mammals owing to fishing activities, presented by ICES)

Pollution Impacts on North Sea Fish Stocks


OSPAR Working Group on Diffuse Sources (DIFF), Helsinki, 6-9 October 1998

Briefings on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: Phthalates, Nonylphenol Ethoxylates, Bisphenol A, Vinclozolin (PDF files)

An Evaluation of Pesticides Disrupting the Endocrine and Reproductive System, (PDF file) explanatory tables (Word file)

Characterisation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals - Selected Examples (Word file)

Pesticides in Surface and Coastal Waters (PDF file)

Increasing Concern about Brominated Flame Retardants

A Record of WWF's Scientific and Technical Submissions with Regard to Hazardous Substances (1995-1998)

Problems Observed at DYNAMEC 98 - Comments by SAR and WWF (joint submission with the Seas At Risk Federation) (Word file)


OSPAR Working Group on Nutrients and Eutrophication (NEUT), Oslo, 26-30 October 1998


Pollution Impacts on North Sea Fish Stocks - Chapter 3: Nutrients and Eutrophication

OSPAR Working Group on Inputs to the Marine Environment (INPUT), London, 7-11 December 1998

Pesticides in Surface and Coastal Waters (PDF file)

OSPAR 1999

OSPAR DYNAMEC intersessional meeting on Ranking and on the assessment of risks, Copenhagen, 13-15 January 1999


Essentials for the DYNAMEC intersessional meeting with regard to a ranking procedure for hazardous substances (joint submission with Seas at Risk) (Word file)


OSPAR Working Group on Sea Based Activities (SEBA), Hamburg, 15-19 February 1999

Update on Organotin Compounds

Comments to be Considered on the Development of an OSPAR Strategy with Regard to Offshore Oil and Gas Industry (Word file)


OSPAR Working Group on Concentrations, Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment (SIME), Dublin, 22-26 February 1999

Brominated Flame Retardants Head for the Deep Sea (Word file)

A Record of WWF's Scientific and Technical Submissions with Regard to Hazardous Substances (1995-1998)

Organotin Compounds in the Marine Food Chain (Word file)

Lessons to be Learned from the Toxic Spills in Andalucia (Word file)

Responding to Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: The Need to Address Extremely Low Dose Exposures in Screening, Testing, and Other Preventive Programmes (Word file)

Chemicals that Compromise Life: A Call to Action (Word file)


OSPAR Ad hoc Working Group on the Development of a Dynamic Selection and Prioritisation Mechanism for Hazardous Substances (DYNAMEC), Antwerp, Belgium, 8-10 March 1999

The DYNAMEC Intersessional Meeting on Selection and Prioritisation and the Assessment of Risks - Conclusions - (Joint Submission with Seas at Risk) (Word file)


OSPAR Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Committee (ASMO), The Hague, 14-16 April 1999

Marine Protected Areas (PDF file)

Zones marines protegées (PDF file)

Comments on Selected Topics from the ASMO (1)99 Agenda (Word file)


OSPAR Programmes and Measures Committee (PRAM), Luxembourg, 3-7 May 1999

Briefing on Brominated Flame Retardants (Word file)

Pollution Threats from Toxic Waste Storage Sites - Suggested Action to
Prevent Unregulated, Accidental Pollution from Metal Mining Activities
(Word file)

Poisoning Our Oceans and Coasts / Les mers et les côtes contaminées

Implementation of the OSPAR Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of
Ecosystems and Biological Diversity in the Maritime Area - Comments by WWF
(Word file)

Comments on the document PRAM 99/8/7 concerning Cooperation between OSPAR and the European Community


2nd OSPAR Commission Meeting, Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom, 21-24 June 1999

Sintra + 1 ... Indicators of progress made since OSPAR/MMC 98 (PDF file)

Comment on the Draft OSPAR Strategy on Environmental Goals and Management Mechanisms for Offshore Activities (Word file)

Update on Organotin Compounds: Ship Trials with Non-Toxic Antifouling Paints on the German Coast (Word file)

Update on Organotin Compounds: The Accumulation and Impact of Organotins on Marine Mammals, Seabirds and Fish for Human Consumption (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)
Colour Brochure (PDF file)


OSPAR Workshop on Criteria for the Selection of Species and Habitats (SPEC), Horta, Azores, Portugal, 12-16 July 1999

Comments with regard to the follow-up of the Texel workshop and the draft selection criteria (Word file)


OSPAR/ICES/EEA Workshop on Habitat Classification and Biogeographic Regions (CLAS), Oban, Scotland, UK, 6-10 September 1999

Proposal for Habitat Classification in the Pelagic Water Column


OSPAR Adhoc Working Group on the Development of A dynamic Selection and Prioritisation Mechanism for Hazardous Substances (DYNAMEC), Stockholm, 7-10 September 1999

Comments from WWF on the Initial Selection of Hazardous Substances from the Nordic Substance Data Base and the Danish QSAR data base (Word file)

Comments from WWF on the Chairmen’s Notes of DYN-INT(2) 1999 with Respect to the Assessment of Risk in the Marine Environment


OSPAR Working Group on Diffuse Sources (DIFF) , Bern-Ittigen, Switzerland, 19-22 October 1999

Additional Information on OSPAR Substances for Priority Action (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Annex 1 - Organotin Compounds (PDF file)
Annex 2 - Brominated Flame Retardants (PDF file)

Progress on the Development of the Overall DYNAMEC-Process (Word file)


OSPAR Working Group on Impacts on the Marine Environment (IMPACT), Brest, France, 15-19 November 1999

Offshore Directory – Review of a Selection of Habitats, Communities and Species of the North-East Atlantic (Word file)

The Outcome of the OSPAR Workshops on Selection Criteria for Species and Habitats and/or Habitat Classification and Biogeographic Regions in the Light of Annex V and the Strategy (Word file)

Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) – A Precautionary Tool to Protect the World's Sensitive Marine Ecosystems from Shipping Impacts (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Colour Brochure (PDF file)

Nature Conservation in the Baltic Sea Area - Rules and Procedures of International Law for Protecting Off-shore Areas - (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)

Assessment of Human Activities - Impacts of Coastal Protection, Land Reclamation and Other Coastal Engineering Activities (Word file)

Assessment of species and habitats in need of protection - The Basking Shark - (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Factsheet (PDF file)

OSPAR 2000

OSPAR Ad hoc Working Group on the Development of a Dynamic Selection and Prioritisation Mechanism for Hazardous Substances (DYNAMEC), Oslo, 2-4 Febuary 2000

Putting the DYNAMEC Mechanism into Operation - Communication Strategy - (Word file)

Types of Substances which should be Selected through the Safety Net (Word file)

Ranking - Consolidated and Transparent Data (Word file)


Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Committee (ASMO), Hamburg, 27 - 31 March 2000

Developing a Framework for Marine Protected Areas in the North-East Atlantic- Report of the WWF Workshop, 13 - 14 November 1999, Brest, France (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)


Programmes and Measures Committee (PRAM), Calais, 10-14 April 2000

Shortcomings of the DYNAMEC Procedure, Expectations for DYNAMEC, and Further Implementation of the OSPAR Objective with Regard to Hazardous Substances (Joint Submission with Seas at Risk) (Word file)

Confidentiality of Environment Relevant Data on Chemical Substances - A Threat to the Credibility and Transparency of the DYNAMEC Process - (Word file)

Dioxins and Dioxin-like PCBs in the EU (Word file)


3rd OSPAR Commission Meeting (OSPAR), Copenhagen, Denmark, 26-30 June 2000

Developing a Framework for Marine Protected Areas in the North-East Atlantic- Report of the WWF Workshop, 13 - 14 November 1999, Brest, France (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)

Proposed Additions to the OSPAR List of Chemicals for Priority Action (Word file)

Synthetic Musk Fragrances - A Cause of Concern (Word file)

Comments on the Outcome of DYNAMEC (Word file)

Hazardous Substances Identified by OSPAR for Cessation of Discharges, Emissions an d Losses by 2020 (Joint Submission with Seas at Risk)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Substance List (Word file)


Eutrophication Committee (EUC 2000), Brussels, EC, 23-27 October 2000

"Scotland’s Secret?” - A report highlighting the significant scale of nutrient inputs to the coastal and marine environment from the rapidly growing marine aquaculture industry (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)


Biodiversity Committee (BDC 2000), Vlissingen, The Netherlands, 20-24 November 2000

Planning for Representative Marine Protected Areas - A Framework for Canada's Oceans (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)
Case Study - including maps (PDF file)

Oil Pollution Control in the Baltic Sea Area - A Survey of Approaches in International and European Community Law - (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)

An Ecosystem Approach to Environmental Assessment and Spatial Planning for the OSPAR Maritime Area - Implementation of Annex V
(Word file)

Briefings on Potential Offshore MPAs - Update - (Word file)

Proposal for the Establishment of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area "Wadden Sea” - Summary - (Word file)

Inventory of Existing Marine Protected Areas (joint submission with The Netherlands) (PDF file)


Working Group on Point and Diffuse Sources (PDS 2000), Cambridge, United Kingdom, 11-15 December 2000

Interrelation between OSPAR Background Documents and EC Risk Assessment Reports (Word file)

Taking into Account Substances on OSPAR’s Draft List of Possible Concern (Word file)


OSPAR 2001

Working Group on Priority Substances (SPS (1) 2001), London, United Kingdom, 5-8 February 2001

Selecting Substances via the Safety Net Procedure (Word file)

Taking into Account Prioritised Substances Still Occurring on OSPAR's Draft List of Substances of Possible Concern (Word file)

Criteria to Examine the Draft EU Technical Guidance on Assessment of Risk in the Marine Environment (Word file)

European Importers and Producers of Chemical Substances Suspected to Have a PTB Profile - a draft WWF Report(Word file)


Offshore Industry Committee (OIC 2001), Oslo, Norway, 13-16 February 2001

Evaluation and Review of Progress of the Implementation of the OSPAR Strategy on Environmental Goals and Management Mechanisms for Offshore Activities - An Outlook (Word file)


Hazardous Substances Committee (HSC 2001), Stockholm, Sweden, 2-6 April 2001

European Importers and Producers of Chemical Substances Suspected to have a PTB Profile (Word file)

Selecting Substances For Priority Action Proposal for a Recommendation to OSPAR 2001 (Word file)

Criteria to Examine the Draft EU Technical Guidance on Assessment of Risk in the Marine Environment (Word file)


4th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR 2001), Valencia, Spain, 25-29 June 2001

Strategies for Making the European Market of Hazardous Substances More Transparent (Cover Note) - A Report on European Importers and Producers of Chemical Substances Suspected to Have a PTB Profile (Annex) (Word files)

From Assessment to Management - Time for an Ecosystem Approach to the OSPAR Regions (Word file)

The Status of the Natural Resources on the High-Seas - Time for Conservation Action (Cover Note) (Word file) - Summary of WWF & IUCN Report (Annex) (PDF file)

The Status of Wild Atlantic Salmon - Call to Action (Cover Note) (Word file) - Summary of WWF Report (Annex) (PDF file)

Comments on the Draft Strategic Document on Co-operation between OSPAR and the European Community - joint submission with Seas at Risk (Word file)


Working Group on Priority Substances (SPS (2) 2001), Arona, Italy (Secretariat/EC), 15-19 October 2001

Safety Net Procedure (Word file)

How to use the Common OSPAR/EC Risk Assessment Methodology in the Work on OSPAR Chemicals for Priority Action (Word file)


Biodiversity Committee (BDC 2001), London (Secretariat), 5-9 November 2001

Briefings on Potential Offshore MPAs - Update - (Word file)

Implementation of the EU Habitats Directive Offshore: Natura 2000 Sites for Reefs and Submerged Sandbanks(Word file)

Put environment at the heart of European fisheries policy - Manifesto for the review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy -
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex - illustrated Manifesto (PDF file)

Comment on the first draft of a new OSPAR strategy for a Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme (JAMP) (Word file)

Comment on:"Areas of the High Seas in Need of Protection" (Word file)
Summary of WWF & IUCN Report (Annex) (PDF file)


OSPAR 2002

Hazardous Substances Committee (HSC 2002), Lorient, France, 25 February-1 March 2002

Comments on the Report on the Outcome of the Work Undertaken by the Informal Group of DYNAMEC Experts (IGE) (HSC 02/2/2-E) (Word file)

Comments on documents with regard to pharmaceuticals (HSC 02/2/11-E) (Word file)

Comments on documents with regard to endosulphane (HSC 02/4/5-E, HSC 02/4/10-E & HSC 02/2/10–E) (Word file)


5th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR 2002), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24-28 June 2002

Designation of the first deep-sea marine protected areas in the North-East Atlantic: Azores to protect and manage hydrothermal vent fields(Word file)


4th Workshop on OSPAR Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Roscoff, France, 8-12 July 2002

The Darwin Mounds and the Dogger Bank: Case studies of the management of two potential "Special Areas of Conservation" in the offshore environment (PDF file)

New Showcase Examples for the OSPAR System of Marine Protected Areas (download briefings as PDF files):
Fladen

The Faroe Bank
The Galicia Bank
La Grande Vasière


Working Group on Priority Substances (SPS), Arona, Italy, 21-25 October 2002

Development and Use of Less Hazardous or Non-Hazardous Substances - Frameworks for Sustainable Innovation (Word file)

Information on Production and Use Related to Substances of Possible Concern (Word file)

WWF Comments with regard to draft Background Documents on Priority Chemicals: HMDS, trichlorobenzenes, phthalates (Word file)


Meeting of Biodiversity Committee (BDC) and Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Committee (ASMO) Heads of Delegation (BASH), London, UK, 22-23 October 2002

WWF comments with regard to BASH documents 2/2/6, 2/2/3 and 2/2/4 including "Joint Assessment and Monitoring Programme - Developing Theme B (Ecosystems and Biological Diversity)" (Word file)


Joint Meeting of OSPAR and HELCOM Heads of Delegation (HOD), Breen, Germany, 25-28 November 2002

WWF comments with regard to the agenda of the Joint OSPAR/HELCOM Ministerial Meeting (JMMC 2003) and related materials proposed for consideration (Word file)


OSPAR 2003

Biodiversity Committee (BDC 2003), Dublin, Ireland 20-24 January 2003

The Offshore Directory – Review of a Selection of Habitats, Communities and Species of the North-East Atlantic
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Protection of cold water coral reefs in the OSPAR Maritime Area - a matter of urgency: WWF proposes designation of the Yttre Hvaler (S/N) and Røst (N) reefs as marine protected areas
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex: MPA showcase examples, WWF letters to Ministers, WWF press releases, ICES press release (PDF file)

Ignorance no excuse for unregulated exploitation of seamounts: OSPAR to consider precautionary protection measures
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex: WWF press release, OASIS newsletters, Map (PDF file)

Towards an OSPAR approach to High Seas conservation and High Seas Marine Protected Areas (HSMPA): WWF proposes designation of Rainbow hydrothermal vents, Josefine Bank and Rockall Bank as High Seas Marine Protected Areas
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex: HSMPA showcase examples, UNGA Resolution (PDF file)

An invasive species getting out of control: Norway's management of the non-indigenous introduced Red King Crab
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex: WWF notification to CBD Secretariat (PDF file)

From Sintra to Bremen - A reference list of offshore marine protected areas proposed by WWF to OSPAR in the period 1998 - 2003 (Word file)


Joint HELCOM/OSPAR Nature Conservation Expert Meeting (HODEM), Berlin, Germany, 12-13 February 2003

WWF comments on the fisheries section of the draft Bremen Ministerial Declaration (Word file)

WWF comments on the marine protected area section of the draft Bremen Ministerial Declaration(Word file)


Joint Meeting of OSPAR and HELCOM Heads of Delegation (JHOD), Berlin, Germany, 26-27 March 2003

Comments on the draft section on the European Marine Strategy for the Ministerial Declaration (Word file)

Proposed amendments to the draft sections on the protection of biological diversity for the Ministerial Declaration (Word file)

Comments and proposals with regard to the further development of draft text on the environmental impact of shipping for the draft Ministerial Declaration (Word file)


Hazardous Substances Committee (HSC 2003), The Hague, Netherlands, 7-11 April 2003

OSPAR's and HELCOM'Strategies with regard to Hazardous Substances - the future role of European marine environment conventions in the field of chemical pollution prevention (Word file)


Joint Meeting of OSPAR and HELCOM Heads of Delegation (JHOD), Rostock, Germany, 13-14 May 2003

Briefing on Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAS) (Word file)


6th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR 2003), Bremen, Germany, 23-27 June 2003

From Sintra to Bremen: measuring progress with regard to hazardous substances
Cover Note
(Word file)
Report (PDF file)

From Sintra to Bremen: measuring progress on marine protected areas
Cover Note
(Word file)
Report (PDF file)
Scorecard
(PDF file)

Norwegian cold water coral protection setting an international example in marine conservation - Norway protects the Røst and Tisler reefs (Word file)

Saving the treasures of the sea - by creating networks of marine protected areas in the North-East Atlantic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Colour brochure (PDF file - screen version)


Ministerial Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR MMC) and Joint Ministerial Meeting of the OSPAR and Helsinki Commissions (JMMC), Bremen, Germany, 25-26 June 2003

WWF's Essentials for the 2003 OSPAR and Joint OSPAR-HELCOM Ministerial Meetings (PDF file) - Position Statement, supported by the following side-briefings:

Marine Protected Areas - an integral component of the Ecosystem-Based Approach to Management (PDF file)

Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) in the North-East Atlantic and Baltic (PDF file)

Sea Use and Spatial Planning (PDF file)

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Fisheries (PDF file)

Position on a European Marine Strategy (PDF file)

Hazardous Substances and a new EU Chemicals Policy (PDF file)

North-East Atlantic and Baltic Health Check Report (PDF file)


Informal Goup of DYNAMEC Experts (IGE), London, UK, 21-23 October 2003

How to further work on the OSPAR List of Substances of Possible Concern - Pesticides
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (Excel file)


Working Goup on Marine Protected Areas, Species and Habitats (MASH), Tavira, Portugal, 4-6 November 2003

Saving the treasures of the sea - by creating networks of marine protected areas in the North-East Atlantic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Project brochure (PDF file)

Towards a Strategy for High Seas Marine Protected Areas
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1: World Parks Congress Resolution (PDF file)
Annex 2: IUCN-WCPA-WWF Ten-Years Strategy (PDF file)
Annex 3: UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA Statement (Word file)

Seamounts of the North-East Atlantic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Final Draft Report (PDF file)

Yielding knowledge on seamounts - hidden oases in the deep ocean
Cover Note
(Word file)
Project brochure (PDF file)


Meeting of Heads of Delegation (HOD), London, 12-13 November 2003

Offshore oil development in the Lofoten archipelago – a threat to marine biodiversity and ecosystems (PDF file)


Working Goup on the Environmental Impact of Human Activities (EIHA), London, UK, 25-27 November 2003

Sea Use and Spatial Planning
Cover Note
(Word file)
Briefing (PDF file)

The Prestige: one year on, a continuing disaster (PDF file)


Working Group on Substances and Point and Diffuse Sources (SPDS), Saariselkä, Finland, 1-5 December 2003

Further work by OSPAR on hazardous substances with a view to the work performed at EU level
Cover Note and Annex 1
(Word file)
Background briefing(PDF file)


OSPAR 2004

Workshop on Spatial Planning in the North Sea (SPINS), London, UK, 8-9 January 2004

Sea Use and Spatial Planning (PDF file)

Human uses versus conservation needs in the North Sea
(Maps and GIS-based online presentation)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Maps (select PDF file from list)
Online presentation


Biodiversity Committee (BDC 2004), Bruges, Belgium, 16-20 February 2004

The fishery effects of marine reserves and fishery closures
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Protect Europe's coral reefs now - their future is in your hands!
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)
CD-ROM (order via e-mail)

The Prestige: one year on, a continuing disaster
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

North Sea Pilot Project on Ecological Quality Objectives: threatened species lost? (Word file)


Offshore Industry Committee (OIC 2004), Dublin, Ireland, 15-19 March 2004

Marine Protected Areas - the Oil and Gas Context
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)


Hazardous Substances Committee (HSC 2004), Wismar, Germany, 19-23 April 2004

From OSPAR to REACH - WWF launches DETOX Campaign
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)


7th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR 2004), Reykjavik, Iceland, 28 June - 2 July 2004

NGO observers to participate or contribute at OSPAR HOD meetings - Joint submission by BirdLife, Greenpeace, Seas at Risk, KIMO and WWF (Word file)

An OSPAR measure addressing the impact (not including pollution) of exploration and production of oil and gas on the marine environment.
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment in the Marine Environment - by WWF-UK & The Wildlife Trusts (PDF file)

Protection of coral reefs in the OSPAR area - Comments with regard to §§14-15 of OSPAR 04/5/1-E - (Word file)

Cold-water coral reefs. Out of sight - no longer out of mind. Joint submission of UNEP, Ireland, Norway, UK and WWF (PDF file)

Bremen + 1 = ... Progress towards an ecologically coherent network of well-managed MPAs for the North-East Atlantic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Briefing (PDF file)

WWF Position Paper on Carbon Capture And Storage From Fossil Fuel
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Position Paper (PDF file)

WWF Position on the European Marine Strategy (EMS) - Strategic Goals and Objectives (SGO) (Word file)


OSPAR Working Group on Marine Protected Areas, Species and Habitats (MASH 2004), Tromsø, Norway, 5-8 October 2004

Cold-water corals: fragile havens in the deep
Cover Note
(Word file)
Colour Brochure (PDF file)

Managing Across Boundaries: the Dogger Bank – a future international marine protected area
Cover Note
(Word file)
Report (PDF file)

The Offshore MPA Toolbox. Implementing marine protected areas in the North-East Atlantic offshore: Seamounts – A case study
Cover Note
(Word file)
Report (PDF file)

Case study of existing and proposed management measures for seamount communities in the OSPAR Maritime Area (PDF file) - WWF task contribution to the evaluation on management measures for threatened and/or declining species and habitats on the initial OSPAR list species conducted by The Netherlands as lead country

Threats to, and decline of, seamounts - comments on the request to ICES for advice (Word file)

Protection of cold-water coral reefs - comments and update
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)


OSPAR Stakeholder Workshop. Towards finalisation of Ecological Quality Objectives (EcoQOs) for the North Sea, Oslo Norway, 13-14 December 2004

WWF comments on OSPAR North Sea Pilot Project EcoQOs (PDF file)


OSPAR 2005

Biodiversity Committee (BDC 2005), Bonn, Germany, 21-25 February 2005

New WWF reports on marine protected areas (Word file)

Protection of cold-water coral reefs in the OSPAR Maritime Area - Review of progress and proposal for additional measures,including on Rockall and Hatton Bank
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)


Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Protected Areas (ICG-MPA), Isle of Vilm, Germany, 4-8 April 2005

Draft High Seas MPA Proposal for the Rainbow Hydrothermal Vent Field
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: MPA proposal in OSPAR Proforma (PDF file)
Appendix 1 (PDF file)
Appendix 2 (PDF file)
Updated WWF proposal for nomination of a marine protected area within areas beyond national jursidiction (4 May 2005) (PDF file)


Hazardous Substances Committee (HSC 2005), Brussels, Belgium, 5-8 April 2005

The tip of the iceberg:: Chemical contamination in the Arctic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)

Clean Baltic within Reach? How can a new chemicals policy contribute to the protection of the Baltic Sea?
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)


8th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR 2005), Malahide, Ireland, 27 June - 1 July 2005

Translating global commitments into real action - Our demands for an EU Marine Framework Directive - joint position statement by BirdLife, Greenpeace, IFAW, Oceana, Seas At Risk and WWF (Word file)

Conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction – the role of regional seas organisations. Information about WWF side event (expert panel) for OSPAR Delegates (Word file)

Bremen + 2 = ... Progress towards an ecologically coherent network of well-managed MPAs for the North-East Atlantic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Briefing (PDF file)

The North East Atlantic and Climate Change -Vulnerability Analysis -
Cover Note including Annexes 1-3
(Word file)
Annex 4: Report (PDF file)
Addendum paper - June 2005 workshop results (Word file)

Saving Europe's Coral Reefs - A Matter of Urgency -
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Briefing (PDF file)


Working Group on Marine Protected Areas, Species and Habitats (MASH), Bristol, UK, 3-7 October 2005 & Joint meeting of MASH and the North Sea Regional Advisory Council (NSRAC) Working Group on Spatial Planning, Bristol, UK, 5 October 2005

Proposal for an OSPAR MPA in waters beyond national jurisdiction: Rainbow hydrothermal vent field
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Proforma (PDF file)

Evaluating the Management Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas: using UK sites and the UK MPA programme to illustrate different approaches
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Marine Protected Areas in the context of Marine Spatial Planning – discussing the links
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Sturio Project: Towards a European Action Plan for Sturgeon Conservation
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Project description (PDF file)

Conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction - the role of regional seas organisations. A summary of the expert panel arranged at OSPAR 2005, Malahide
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Briefing (PDF file)


OSPAR MASH Follow-up documentation

Proposal for an OSPAR MPA in waters beyond national jurisdiction: Rainbow hydrothermal vent field
Updated Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1: Revised Nomination Proforma (PDF file)
Annex 2: Possible Management Options (PDF file)


OSPAR 2006

Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Protected Areas (ICG-MPA), Gothenburg, Sweden, 24-26 January 2006

Proposal for an OSPAR MPA in waters beyond national jurisdiction: Rainbow hydrothermal vent field
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Revised Nomination Proforma (PDF file)


Offshore Industry Committee (OIC), Copenhagen, Denmark, 20-24 February 2006

Carbon Capture and Storage – what are the risks? - Comments on draft product 19 of the OIC programme of work -
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)


Biodiversity Committee (BDC), Trondheim, Norway, 13-17 March 2006

Making the case for the protection of cold-water coral reefs on Rockall and Hatton Banks (Word file)
Addendum: New information on Rockall and Hatton. WWF calls for urgent measures to protect habitats on Rockall and Hatton Bank (PDF file)

Planning and promoting a representative marine protected areas network in Spain
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1- Report: Conservando nuestros paraísos marinos - Propuesta de Red Representativa de Áreas Marinas Protegidas en España (PDF file)
Annex 2 - Poster & map: Tesoros submarinos - page 1- page 2 (JPG files)

The powers of the OSPAR Commission and coastal State parties to the OSPAR Convention to manage marine protected areas on the seabed beyond 200 nm from the baseline
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

New OASIS reports on seamount ecosystem conservation
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1: Report "Toward the Conservation and Management of the Sedlo Seamount - Para uma Proposta de Gestão para o Monte Submarino Sedlo (PDF file)
Annex 2: Report "Seamounts and Fisheries - Conservation and Sustainable Use. Report from the 1st OASIS Stakeholder Workshop, Horta, Azores, 1-2 April 2004" (PDF file)

Draft Gothenburg Declaration vs. EcoQO on by-catch of harbour porpoises (Word file)

Bremen +3: measuring progress towards the establishment of an ecologically coherent network of well-managed marine protected areas
in the OSPAR Maritime Area
(Word file)


9th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR), Stockholm, Sweden, 26 - 30 June 2006

Bremen + 3 = ? - Scorecard exercise assessing the progress, since 2003, towards an ecologically coherent network of well-managed MPAs for the North-East Atlantic
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Briefing (PDF file)


Working Group on Marine Protected Areas Species and Habitats (MASH), Horta, Azores, Portugal, 2-5 October 2006

Towards a framework for the management of transboundary (cross-border) marine protected areas
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Proforma proposal for the nomination of an OSPAR MPA: Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Proforma (PDF file)

The BALANCE Communication Guide (final draft)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Guide (Word file)

Marine Nature Conservation in the Pelagic Environment: a case for Pelagic Marine Protected Areas?
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Completing the OSPAR List of Threatened and/or Declining Species and Habitats: nominations for addition of species and habitats to the Initial List
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Nomination sheets (PDF file)

The Application of Strategic Environmental Assessments in the UK Fisheries Sector
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)


OSPAR 2007

Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Protected Areas (ICG-MPA), London, United Kingdom, 5-7 February 2007

Towards a framework for the management of transboundary (cross-border) marine protected areas (PDF file)

Proforma proposal for the nomination of an OSPAR MPA: Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (PDF file)


Offshore Industry Committee (OIC), Paris, France, 12-16 March 2007

Carbon dioxide storage in sub-seabed geological formations (Word file)


Biodiversity Committee (BDC), Brussels, Belgium, 26-30 March 2007

Implications for the OSPAR region of the 2006 UN General Assembly Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries - joint submission with Seas At Risk (Word file)

Guidance on management of cross border Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)


10th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR), Ostend, Belgium, 25-29 June 2007

Climate change and ocean acidification in OSPAR
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (Word file)

Carbon dioxide storage in sub-seabed geological formations (Word file)


Working Group on Marine Protected Areas, Species and Habitats (MASH), Brest, France, 6-8 November 2007

Proforma proposal for the nomination of an OSPAR MPA: Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Proforma (PDF file)

Marine Protected Areas in areas beyond national jurisdiction. High Seas MPA proposals in the North-East Atlantic (1998 – 2006)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Case report for the OSPAR List of Threatened and/or Declining Species and Habitats: Cymodocea Meadows
Cover Note and Case Report
(Word file)

Definition and case report for the OSPAR List of Threatened and/or Declining Species and Habitats: Coral Gardens (Octocoral occurrences)
Cover Note and Definition
(Word file))
Annex: Case Report (Word file)


OSPAR 2008

Biodiversity Committee (BDC), The Hague, Netherlands, 25-29 February 2008

Proposal for the nomination of an OSPAR MPA for the Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (Joint submission with The Netherlands)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Proforma (PDF file)

REVISED Proposal for the nomination of an OSPAR MPA for the Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (Joint submission with The Netherlands)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1: Revised Proforma (PDF file)
Annex 2: Synopsis of scientific comments (Word file)
Annex 3: Check against draft CBD criteria (Word file)


Intersessional Working Group on Marine Protected Areas (ICG MPA), Bonn, Germany, 1-3 April 2008

REVISED Proposal for the nomination of an OSPAR MPA for the Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (Joint submission with The Netherlands)
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1: Revised Proforma (PDF file)
Annex 2: Synopsis of scientific comments (Word file)


OSPAR Heads of Delegation Meeting (HOD), London, United Kingdom, 15 May 2008

Proposal for an OSPAR area of interest for establishing a MPA on the Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone (Joint submission with The Netherlands) (Word file)


11th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR), Brest, France, 23-27 June 2008

Proposal for an OSPAR area of interest for establishing a MPA on the Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone  (Joint submission with The Netherlands and Portugal)
Cover Note  (Word file)
Annex: Proforma for nomination as MPA (PDF file)

Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone - Proposal for an OSPAR MPA in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction - Executive Summary
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: MAR Flyer (PDF file)

The Impacts of the Oceans on Climate Change - Climate Change has Changed
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex 1: Climate change has changed (Word file)
Annex 2: Workshop Report (Word file)


OSPAR Working Group on Marine Protected Areas, Species and Habitats (MASH), Baiona, Spain, 21-24 October 2008

Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone - Proposal for an OSPAR MPA in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction - Executive Summary (PDF file)

Information Document for the Development of Conservation Objectives for the Mid Atlantic Ridge/Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone  (Joint submission with The Netherlands) (Word file)

European Court condones marine destruction - Ruling threatens Azorean wildlife  (Joint submission by WWF, Seas At Risk and Greenpeace International) (Word file)

Urgent action needed to ensure recovery of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thynnus thynnus)
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex 1: IUCN Motion (PDF file)
Annex 2: WWF Position (PDF file)
Annex 3: WWF rationale to support motion
(PDF file)
 

OSPAR Working Group on the Environmental Impact of Human Activities (EIHA), Lowestoft, United Kingdom, 4-7 November 2008

The Value of Our Oceans - The Economic Benefits of Marine Biodiversity and Healthy Oceans (PDF file)

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OSPAR 2009

OSPAR Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Protected Areas (ICG-MPA), La Palma, Spain, 3-5 February 2009

Management Options for the Charlie-Gibbs MPA (PDF file)

Agreement on deep-sea protection in the North-East Atlantic: too little - too late (Joint submission with Seas At Risk) (Word file)
Cover note (Word file)
Annex: press release
(
PDF file)

OSPAR Biodiversity Committee (BDC), Stockholm, Sweden, 23-27 February 2009

Comments on the outcome of ICG-MPA 09 - with a focus on issues in ABNJ (Word file)

Agreement on deep-sea protection in the North-East Atlantic: too little - too late (Joint submission with Seas At Risk) (Word file)
Cover note (Word file)
Annex: press release
(
PDF file)

Ocean fertilisation - an emerging issue
Cover note & Annex 1 (WWF press statement)
(Word file)
Annex 2: LC/LP Resolution (PDF file)
Annex 3: ASOC Briefing (PDF file)

WWF comment on the draft JAMP Assessment of Sand and Gravel Extraction (Word file)



OSPAR Environmental Assessment and Monitoring Committee (ASMO), Bonn, Germany, 20-24 April 2009

Comments on the assessment of impacts of shipping (Word file)


13th Ordinary Meeting of the OSPAR Commission (OSPAR), Brussels, EC, 22-26 June 2009

Towards Good Environmental Status - A Network of Marine Protected Areas for the North Sea
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)

Management Options for the Charlie-Gibbs MPA (Word version)
Annex (PDF version)

Report from the 15th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA), Kingston, Jamaica - with a focus on marine protected areas and vulnerable marine ecosystems in areas beyond national jurisdiction (Word file)

OSPAR 2010

OSPAR Adhoc Working Group on the Charlie-Gibbs MPA, London, Secretariat, 15 February 2010

Interactions between management of a water column marine protected area in the high seas of the OSPAR maritime area and the exercise of sovereign rights regarding the subjacent outer continental shelf
Cover Note 
(PDF file)
Annex: Report (PDF file)
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WWF'S SUBMISSIONS TO THE NORTH-EAST ATLANTIC FISHERIES COMMISSION (NEAFC)
2004 2005 2006 2007
2008
NEAFC 2004

23rd Annual Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC AM), London, UK, 8-12 November 2004


Opening Statement (Word file)

Management and conservation of deep-sea stock (PDF file)

Information resources with regard to vulnerable deep-sea habitats (PDF file)

Urgent action needed to protect seamounts, cold-water corals, and other vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems (PDF file - joint submission with Seas At Risk))


NEAFC 2005

24th Annual Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC AM), London, UK, 14-18 November 2005


Joint Opening Statement by Seas At Risk and WWF
(key issues: deep-water fisheries, protection of vulnerable habitats, amendment of the convention) (PDF file)



NEAFC 2006

25th Annual Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC AM), London, UK, 13-17 November 2006


Opening Statement (key issues: deep-water fisheries, protection of vulnerable habitats, IUU control and enforcement - contains a map proposing closed areas on Rockall and Hatton Banks for the conservation of cold-water coral reefs and Rockall haddock) (PDF file)


NEAFC 2007

Extraordinary Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC EM), London, UK, 13-14 June 2007


Opening Statement (key issues: ICES advice to extend closures on Rockall and Hatton Banks, IUU control and enforcement, High Seas marine protected areas, UNGA resolution on sustainable fisheries - contains an indicative map of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)(Word file)


26th Annual Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC AM), London, UK, 12-16 November 2007

Opening Statement (key issues: protection of vulnerable habitats, orange roughy fisheries, High Seas marine protected areas, UNGA resolution on sustainable fisheries - contains an indicative map of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) (PDF file)

NEAFC 2008

Permanent Committee on Management and Science (PECMAS), London, UK, 17-18 June 2008

Towards implementing UNGA Resolution 61/105 in the North-East Atlantic. WWF proposals for a way forward (PDF file)

Extraordinary Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC EM), London, UK, 1-3 July 2008

Opening Statement by WWF to address the urgent need to implement the 2006 UN GA Resolution on sustainable fisheries.
Addendum 1 + Addendum 2 (comparative closure maps) (PDF files)

Extraordinary Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries


27th Annual Meeting of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC AM), London, UK, 10-14 November 2008

Joint Opening Statement by WWF and Seas At Risk (in the focus: protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems, UN GA Resolution)

WWF'S SUBMISSIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE SEA (ICES)
2004
ICES 2004

13th ICES Dialogue Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 26-27 April 2004

Advancing scientific advice for an ecosystem approach to management: collaboration amongst managers, scientists, and other stakeholders - the environmental NGO perspective
(Word file)


WWF'S SUBMISSIONS TO THE NORTH SEA MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE &
THE COMMITTEE OF NORTH SEA SENIOR OFFICIALS (CONSSO)

1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006
NSC 1997

Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 16-17 January 1997

Comments on the Draft IMM Statement of Conclusions


Intermediate Ministerial Meeting on the Integration of Fisheries and Environmental Issues (IMM), Bergen, Norway, 13-14 March 1997

WWF's Essentials for the North Sea Intermediate Ministerial Meeting on the Integration of Fisheries and Environmental Issues (IMM) (PDF file)


Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 16-17 October 1997

Implementing § 17: Political Commitment vs. Product Stewardship, Regulatory vs. Market-orientated Approach (Word file)

How to Follow up and Implement the Statement of Conclusions from IMM 97 (Word file)

Environmental Reporting for the Protection of the Marine Environment: A North Sea Case Study

Accumulation of organotin-compounds in the Common Whelk and the Red Whelk in association with imposex

NSC 1998

North Sea Workshop on the Ecosystem Approach, Oslo, Norway, 15-17 June 1998

What can be gained from an ecosystem approach to environmental protection? (Word file)


Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 19-20 November 1998

Progress Review on Implementing the Statement of Conclusions from the Intermediate Ministerial Meeting on the Integration of Fisheries and Environmental Issues (IMM SoC, Bergen, March 1997) (Word file)

Pollution Impacts on North Sea Fish Stocks (Word file)

Pesticides in Surface and Coastal Waters (Briefing) (PDF file) - Is there a lack of progress in the implementation of Esbjerg Declaration §§ 27-29 (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)

TBT Impacts on Marine Wildlife - An Update on Southampton Water and the Solent, UK (Word file)

Organotins - new colour publication (Word file)

Esbjerg Declaration Annex 3 Follow-Up Actions related to the Strategy in the Prevention of Pollution from Ships - 5. Navigation and Routeing Measures (Word file)

NSC 1999

Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 14-15 November 1999

The Accumulation and Impact of Organotins on Marine Mammals, Seabirds and Fish for Human Consumption (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Full Report (PDF file)
Colour Brochure (PDF file)

Ship Trials with Non-Toxic Antifouling Paints on the German Coast (Word file)

WWF's Comments on the second report from the EU Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on the implementation of the statement of conclusions from the intermediate ministerial meeting on the integration of fisheries and environmental issues, 13-14 March 1997 in Bergen (COM/99/0270 final) (Word file)

The concept of No Take Zones (NTZ) - an opportunity to implement key commitments from IMM SoC and to follow up the ecosystem approach. (Word file)

Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs) - a precautionary tool to protect the world's sensitive marine ecosystems from shipping impacts (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Colour Brochure (PDF file)

Prevention of Pollution by Hazardous Substances - North Sea States missing their target on urgent measures to be implemented by the year 2000 (Annex 2 Esbjerg Declaration § 4.1 viii): - Case study on Brominated Flame Retardants (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Briefing (PDF file)

NSC 2000

How to Reach the Esbjerg Goal - Guiding Principles and Steering Instruments to Reduce Discharges, Emissions and Losses of Hazardous Substances, Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden, 7-8 September 2000


How to Reach the Esbjerg Goal - the Environmental NGOs' Approach (Joint Submission of WWF, Seas at Risk, Friends of the Earth & European Environmental Bureau)(Word file)


Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 12-13 October 2000

German Coast Ship Trials Testing Biocide-Free Anti-Fouling Systems (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Colour Brochure (PDF file)

A Network of Marine Protected Areas for the North Sea - part of regional seas ecosystem management (Word file)
Appendix 1: Scientific Advice for Ecosystem Management - An NGO Perspective (Word file)

NSC 2001

Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 12-13 September 2001

Proposal for draft text of the 5th North Sea Ministerial Declaration - Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (Word file)

Proposal for draft text of the 5th North Sea Ministerial Declaration - Reduction of Small Cetacean By-catch (Word file)

Implementation of the EU Habitats Directive Offshore: Natura 2000 Sites for Reefs and Submerged Sandbanks - Submission Cover Note (Word file)
WWF Report Volume I: Introduction and Rationale (PDF file)
Excerpt from WWF Report Volume II: North East Atlantic and North Sea (PDF file)
Fig. 3.2 Submerged Sandbanks in the maritime area (200 nm zone) of the North Sea (PDF file)
Fig. 3.3 Submerged Sandbanks in the maritime area (200 nm zone) of the UK and Ireland (PDF file)

Integrating Biodiversity and EU Fisheries Policy - Rebuilding Healthy and Productive Ecosystems (Submission Cover Note) (Word file)
Summary Report (PDF file)
Appendices to the Report (choose from list of PDF files)

NSC 2002

Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Oslo, Norway, 9-10 January 2002

WWF's comments on the draft Ministerial Declaration (15 November 2001) (Word file)

Put environment at the heart of European fisheries policy - Manifesto for the review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy -
Cover note
(Word file)
Annex - illustrated Manifesto (PDF file)

Ballast water, a threat to marine biodiversity in the North Sea (Word file)

Proposed amendments to the draft Ministerial Declaration: The prevention of pollution: hazadous substances - eutrophication - offshore installations (Word file)

Navigation and routeing measures to protect environmentally sensitive areas that are at risk from shipping activities (Word file)

Proposed amendments to the draft Ministerial Declaration: Fisheries (Word file)


Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Bergen, Norway, 19 March 2002


Marine Protected Areas - WWF's key ask to North Sea Ministers and proposed amendment of Chapter II of the draft Ministerial Declaration (Word file)


Fifth International Conference on the Protection of the North Sea (NSC), Bergen, Norway, 20-21 March 2002

WWF's Key Asks to Environment Ministers at the Fifth North Sea Conference 2002 (PDF file)

A Vision for the North Sea - Making the Ecosystem Approach Operational (PDF file)

The Crisis in North Sea Fisheries - Last Exit: Bergen 2002 (PDF file)

Making Space for North Sea Wildlife - The Need for Marine Protected Areas in the Context of North Sea Wide Spatial Planning (PDF file)

North Sea Maps: Human Uses vs. Conservation Needs

North Sea Pollution - A Never-Ending Story? (PDF file)

NSC 2003

Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Stockholm, Sweden, 22-23 October 2003

Fishery closure needed to save cod from brink of oblivion, warns WWF (Word file)


NSC 2004

Adhoc Issue Group on Fisheries (AIGF), Stockholm, Sweden, 25-26 March 2004

Draft follow up on the commitments in the Bergen Declaration - Comments by WWF (Word file)


Issue Group on Sustainable Shipping (IGSS), Copenhagen, Denmark, 6-7 September 2004

Harmful effects of the use of antifouling paints for ships - Highlighting evidence for the need to urgently ratify the AFS Convention
Cover Note
(Word file) - also submitted to IMO MEPC 52
Annex: Organotins In The Marine Environment – A review of work since 2000 (Word file) - also submitted to IMO MEPC 52


Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Stockholm, Sweden, 27-28 October 2004

ICES report advises zero catch of key commercial stocks in European waters (Word file)


NSC 2005

Issue Group on Sustainable Shipping (IGSS), Hamburg, Germany, 1-2 March 2005

Global Green Shipping Initiatives: Audit and Overview (Word file)


Issue Group on Fisheries (IGF), Stockholm, Sweden, 3-4 March 2005

Closed areas vs. Marine Protected Areas vs. No-Take-Zones
Cover Note
(Word file)
Annex (PDF file)

NSC 2006

Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Stockholm, Sweden, 15-16 February 2006

Draft Gothenburg Declaration - WWF's comments and proposals (Word file)


Committee of North Sea Senior Officials (CONSSO), Gothenburg, Sweden, 3 May 2006

Draft Gothenburg Declaration - WWF's comments and proposals (Word file)


North Sea Ministerial Meeting on the Environmental Impact of Shipping and Fisheries, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4-5 May 2006

WWF's Essentials for the North Sea Ministerial Meeting (PDF file)

North Sea still on "sick-leave" - twenty-two years of North Sea Ministerial commitment in a nutshell (PDF file)

Marine Spatial Tools: MPAs and Closed Areas (PDF file)


WWF'S SUBMISSIONS TO THE AGREEMENT ON THE CONSERVATION OF
SMALL CETACEANS OF THE BALTIC AND NORTH SEAS
(ASCOBANS)

1997
1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2006
ASCOBANS 1997

4th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Texel, The Netherlands, 30 June - 2 July 1997

Statement by the World Wide Fund For Nature - covering the issues pollutants, by-catch, protected areas (Word file)


2nd Meeting of Parties to ASCOBANS, Bonn, Germany, 17-19 November 1997

Statement by the World Wide Fund For Nature - covering the issues pollutants, by-catch, protected areas (Word file)
ASCOBANS 1999

6th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 12-14 April 1999

Statement by the World Wide Fund For Nature - covering the issues pollutants, by-catch, protected areas (Word file)

An assessment of the relationship between by-catch of selected marine organisms and specific fishing gears on a regional basis in the North-East Atlantic (Word file)

ASCOBANS 2000

7th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Bruges, Belgium, 13-16 March 2000

Statement by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) (Word file)

Developing a Framework for Marine Protected Areas in the North-East Atlantic - Report of the WWF Workshop, 13-14 November 1999, Brest, France (Word file)


3rd Meeting of Parties to ASCOBANS, Bristol, UK, 26-28 July 2000

Statement by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) (Word file)

ASCOBANS 2001

8th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Nymindegab, Denmark, 2-5 April 2001

Statement by WWF - with focus on by-catch and protected areas, EU Habitats Directive and Common Fisheries Policy (Word file)


ASCOBANS 2002

9th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Hindås, Sweden, 10-12 June 2002


Elements of a Harbour Porpoise Bycatch Reduction Plan in the North and Baltic Sea (PDF file)


ASCOBANS 2003

10th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Bonn, Germany, 9-11 April 2003


Statement by WWF - with focus on recovery plans for harbour porpoise, regulations to reduce bycatch, protected areas and pollutants (Word file)


4th Meeting of Parties to ASCOBANS, Esbjerg, Denmark, 19-22 August 2003

Statement by WWF - addressing the Baltic harbour porpoise population and Jastarnia plan, the North Sea recovery plan, the EC proposal to minimise small cetacean bycatch, chemical pollutants and noise (Word file)


ASCOBANS 2004

11th Meeting of the Advisory Committee to ASCOBANS, Jstrzebia Gora, Poland, Germany, 27-29 April 2004


Statement by WWF, making the case for bycatch reduction (Word file)

EU Council Regulation on Incidental Catches of Small Cetaceans in Fisheries: WWF Response to Council Decision of 22. March 2004 - WWF Briefing on Commission proposal COM(2003)451 final, released prior to the Council Meeting (PDF file)


ASCOBANS 2006

5th Meeting of Parties to ASCOBANS, Egmond an Zee, The Netherlands, 18-22 September 2006

The Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas: Progress and Prospects (Word file)

Executive Summary (Word file)


WWF'S SUBMISSIONS TO THE
TRILATERAL WADDEN SEA COOPERATION
(TWC)

2000 2001 2002
TWC 2000

Trilateral Working Group (TWG), Wilhelmshaven, Germany, 13-14 September 2000

Shipping Security and Disaster Prevention (joint submission by Wadden Sea Team) (Word file)

Regional Oriented Public Participation (joint submission by Wadden Sea Team) (Word file)

Trilateral Convention on the Protection of the Wadden Sea Region, Final Document (joint submission by Wadden Sea Team) (Word file)

Senior Officials Meeting (SO), The Netherlands, 18-19 October 2000

Schutz des Wattenmeeres vor Schiffsunfällen durch Einrichtung eines "PSSA Wattenmeer" - Ein Konzept zur Umsetzung durch die trilaterale Kooperation von Dänemark, Deutschland und den Niederlanden - WWF Germany, October 2000 (PDF file - German report including summary in English)


TWC 2001

Trilateral Working Group (TWG), Groningen, The Netherlands, 7-8 March 2001

Comments by the Wadden Sea Team to the draft Ministerial Declaration (Esbjerg Declaration) (Word file)


Trilateral Working Group (TWG), Roskilde, Denmark, 29-30 August 2001

Text proposal for the draft Ministerial Declaration regarding harbour porpoise (Joint sumbission of the Wadden Sea Team & Seas At Risk) (PDF file)

Text proposal for the draft Ministerial Declaration regarding bird species (Joint sumbission of the Wadden Sea Team, Seas At Risk & JMMB/JMBB) (PDF file)

Draft Terms of Reference for a Task Force to prepare the establishment of a Wadden Sea Forum (Joint submission of NGOs) (PDF file)


Ninth Trilateral Governmental Conference on the Protection of the Wadden Sea, Esbjerg, Denmark, 31 October 2001

Statement of Concern by the Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark on the occasion of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Ministerial Conference, 31 October 2001 in Esbjerg, Denmark (Word file)

TWC 2002

Preparatory Committee for the Trilateral Wadden Sea Forum (PrepCom), Leuwaarden, The Netherlands, 30 January 2002

Comments following the Meeting of the Preparatory Committee, Trilateral Wadden Sea Forum (PDF file)