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QUALITY
STATUS REPORT
2010
Stephen Malcolm
Cefas/Defra UK
About OSPAR
Main Objectives
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to prevent and eliminate pollution
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to protect the sea from adverse effects of
human activities
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to safeguard human health
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to conserve marine ecosystems and,
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to restore affected marine areas
In doing so
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to apply an ecosystem approach
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to apply the precautionary principle, the
“polluter pays” principle, and BAT and BEP
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to adopt and implement programmes and
measures
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periodic general assessments of the quality
status of the North-East Atlantic and its subregions (Quality Status Reports)
OSPAR Maritime Area
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OSPAR Contracting Parties
15 States in the North East Atlantic catchments:
Belgium
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Iceland
Ireland
Luxembourg
The Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
The United Kingdom
and the European Community
Involvement of IGOs and NGOs
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What is a Quality Status Report?
QSRs are statements on the health status of the sea,
including:
• analysis of the hydrodynamics, chemistry, habitats
and biota
• the impact of humans over space and time against
this background of natural variability
• the cumulative and relative impact of all the human
pressures on the marine environment.
• evaluation of the effectiveness of the measures
taken
• identification of priorities for action
• basis for further implementing the ecosystem
approach
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QSR History
North Sea Quality Status Reports
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published in 1987 and 1993
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drew together for the first time all available information on inputs to
the sea, concentration levels and effects of pollutants
Quality Status Report 2000
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comprehensive assessment of the environmental quality of the
North-East Atlantic
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based upon regional QSRs prepared for each of the five OSPAR
regions
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based on six years scientific work on monitoring and assessment,
supported by monitoring over a much longer period.
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major issues identified: the impact of fisheries and the continuation
of work to combat hazardous substances
Quality Status Report 2010
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launched at the 2010 OSPAR Ministerial Meeting in Bergen,
Norway
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QSR 2010 main objectives
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to assess the quality status of the marine
environment of the North-East Atlantic
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to evaluate progress in applying the ecosystem
approach to the management of human activities
which may affect the marine environment, and (as
part of this) in implementing the OSPAR
Strategies;
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to highlight any new, changed or emerging threats
to the marine environment;
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to identify priorities for regulatory action;
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to identify significant gaps in knowledge in order
to define priorities for further scientific, economic
and/or social investigations
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to cover, as far as possible, the initial assessment
requirements of the EC Marine Strategy
Framework Directive (c.f. Article 8 Initial
Assessment)
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QSR contents
• Key findings
• Introduction
• North East-Atlantic
• Eutrophication
• Hazardous substances
• Radioactive substances
• Offshore oil and gas industry
• Use of living marine Resources
• Other human uses and impacts
• Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity
and Ecosystems
• Towards ecosystem assessment
• Regional summaries
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Thematic Chapters
• Climate change
QSR Calendar
• Preparation and groundwork phase
September 2006 - September 2007
• Development phase
September 2007 - April 2009
• QSR compilation and drafting phase
April 2009 - October 2009
• Stakeholder e-consultation
November 2009 – see OSPAR website
• Scientific Peer Review
November – December 2009
• Publication phase
January 2010 – April 2010
• QSR launch
OSPAR Ministerial meeting September 2010, Bergen
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QSR Package
QSR
2010
JAMP
Fisheries
Shipping
Climate
WGs
e-QSR
WGs
Special
‘Utrecht’
EcoQOs
Data collection (e.g. CAMP, RID, CEMP) & Quality Assurance
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Making the POINT: Thematic Chapters
Conclusions & Recommendations
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Making the POINT: Key Findings
• Several bullet points detailing Key Findings
AND
• The QSR recommends ………..
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Making the POINT: Thematic Chapter
Summary Tables with ‘Action Needed’
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Some conclusions
• Ad
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Qualitative summary of regional status in delivering
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OSPAR
Strategy objectives (QSR fig 12.1)
Title
Successes
• Inputs of pollutants have reduced
• Fisheries management has improved
• List of species and habitats in need of protection
• Tested Ecological Quality Objectives
• Collective and innovative assessment approaches
Many challenges remain
• Loss of biodiversity continues
• Climate change and ocean acidification
• Increasing and new activities
QSR 2010 :
• Gave clear direction to revision of the OSPAR
Strategies and the new JAMP
• Provides a platform for national Initial Assessments
under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive
• Demonstrates the urgency and need to tackle
impacts in the Arctic
• Highlights OSPAR’s attempts to integrate the
ecosystem approach, inherent difficulties and data
gaps
• Uses Best practice vis a vis Assessment of
Assessment
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Contact
OSPAR Commission
Victoria House
27-63 Southampton Row
London WC1B 4DA / UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7430 5200
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7430 5225
Email address: [email protected]
Website: www.ospar.org
QSR: http://qsr2010.ospar.org
Photography: Audrey Baconnais-Rosez, Jennifer Labédie, John Dunn, David Johnson, Colin Moffat
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