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OSPAR Conference report on proceedings Sept 2010

We provide here a summary of the key features of the Ministerial Statement made by the member countries of OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. (the Oslo-Paris Convention for the Protection of the North East Atlantic) at […]

OSPAR Conference report for members Sept 2010

We provide here MARINET’s analysis of OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. ’s Quality Status Report 2010 (QSR 2010). QSR 2010 is OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of […]

A Definition of the nature and meaning of the Ecosystem-based Approach, and how this translates into a suite of management tools

This paper describes the key management tools available to us to enable the ecosystem-based approach to function as a management system which will actively maintain the sustainable use of our seas.

Conference highlights the importance of Marine Spatial Planning

A report prepared by Lesley Hampshire, Isle of Wight FOE and Marinet member, on the C-Scope (Combining Sea and Coastal Planning in Europe) conference in Dorset on 19-20th October 2009. Marine Spatial Planning is an essential part of the Ecosystem approach to marine management and will establish the priorities between different conservation, social and economic uses of the sea in local areas, and is a main feature of the UK Marine Bill, shortly to receive Royal Assent. Marine Spatial Planning is akin to the current system town and country planning on land, and will be administered in the UK by the Marine Management Organisation, shortly to be established in Newcastle.

The Worldwatch Report, “Oceans in Peril”

explains the central and vital role of the ecosystem-based approach to the management of our oceans in order to ensure that fish stocks and other essential facets of our seas remain in good health. If we do not adopt the ecosystem-based approach, further decline in the health of our oceans is inevitable, with perilous consequences.

The Ecosytem-based Approach : Its use in the selection and management of Marine Reserves

We provide here a guide to the principles of the ecosystem approach to marine management, and how this approach develops criteria which may be iused in the selection and management of marine reserves.