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Understanding Dredging

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Our Policy Work on the OSPAR Convention

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (the "OSPAR Convention") is the current legal instrument guiding international cooperation on the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. It was signed at the Ministerial Meeting of the Oslo and Paris Commissions in 1992 and entered into force in 1998.

Contracting parties to the OSPAR Convention are: Belgium, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Work under the Convention is managed by the OSPAR Commission, made up of representatives of the Governments of 15 Contracting Parties and the European Commission, representing the European Union. 

CEDA's role

As a Non-Governmental Observer (NGO) CEDA has been participating in the OSPAR work since 1992 in particular in the Working Group Environmental Impacts of Human Activities (EIHA). Further we have representation on two Intersessional Corresponding Groups (ICG): the ICG-MSFD on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the ICG-Noise, as well as on the Deep Sea Mining Task Group.

Topics of particular relevance to us on the OSPAR EIHA agenda include: contamination caused by dredged material; underwater noise; marine spatial planning; climate change adaptation; implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Recently we added deep see mining. 

As a member of the drafting group we participated in the development of the first OSPAR Dredged Material Guidelines and took part in each revision, including the most recent one which was conducted in 2012-2014. We regularly present the CEDA position and information papers at meetings of the WG EIHA and make those documents available to meeting attendees. 

More information is available for logged in CEDA Members.