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OSPAR Seeks Views on Marine Protected Area Nomination

The OSPAR Commission has agreed to seek views of on the site nomination proforma for the proposed ‘North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Seamount Marine Protected Area’ (NACES MPA, the site) in a wide and inclusive manner. A nomination proforma is a document used to collate background information against agreed criteria as a basis for a decision to designate a new MPA.

The aim is to gather as much information as possible to inform a decision on the designation of the proposed MPA and any recommendations on its future management.

The site is located in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) of the OSPAR Maritime Area. It has been identified as an important foraging area for many species of seabirds in the OSPAR Maritime Area. Some of the seabird species identified as using the proposed site are wide ranging and also occur in waters of non-OSPAR states, and such states may be able to provide information not readily available to OSPAR. There is a need to increase information on which human activities occur at the site and how they may impact the seabirds’ use of the site. Competent authorities regulating human activities in ABNJ may have information on human activities that would assist OSPAR to improve the decision basis for any designation.

Background information to seeking views

OSPAR has the mandate to designate Marine Protected Areas in ABNJ of the OSPAR Maritime Area as described in ‘ OSPAR’s Regulatory Regime for establishing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the Area Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) of the OSPAR Maritime Area’ (adopted by OSPAR in 2009). Management of human activities in any OSPAR ABNJ MPA as decided by the OSPAR Commission is only binding on the Contracting Parties of OSPAR.

Information on the seven MPAs already established by OSPAR in ABNJ in 2010 and 2012 is available here.

Views are invited on the following questions

  1. Can you provide any additional information of relevance on the 22 species of seabirds and habitats and ecosystems that support the seabird species present in the proposed MPA?
  2. Can you provide any additional information on current and/or potential future human activities at the site, including their intensity, type and timing?
  3. Can you provide additional indicative information about potential future management actions within the site to deliver the proposed conservation objectives for the site?

The site nomination proforma on which to provide views

The site nomination proforma is available as a pdf here.

By when should views be provided?

The site nomination proforma was made available on this website 13 July 2018. Views on the nomination proforma are welcomed for 3 months.

Views are invited to be submitted by 14 September 2018.

How to provide a view?

By e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In your response, please provide views on questions (i)-(iii) as well as your contact details.

If the relevant information you would like to provide is in the format of a published report or similar, please provide this information as an attachment to a message where an explanation is given as to the relevant sections and how the information is proposed to be used.

For more information and any queries

For further information on the process for providing views on the NACES MPA nomination proforma or other information in relation to OSPAR work on MPAs please contact the OSPAR Secretariat at the addresses below.

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