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Latest: WWF asks EU protection for key habitats in the North Sea

A network of
Marine Protected Areas

for the
North Sea

Hamburg, Germany, April 2009 - Following several years of research and transboundary cooperation, WWF is now presenting its comprehensive proposal for an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas (MPAs) all over the North Sea. The report also suggests to establish "Blue Belts" to be specially managed with a view to meeting the requirements of the EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive as well as OSPAR Ecological Quality Objectives for the North Sea. This new report "Towards Good Environmental Status - A network of Marine Protected Areas for the North Sea" makes reference to conservation needs both outlined by the EC Habitats Directive's Annexes and the OSPAR List of threatened and/or declining species of habitats.

Download North Sea MPA Report

Acknowledgements: the following WWF and/or NGO partners contributed to this report: Dutch North Sea Foundation (Stichting De Noordzee), Natuurpunt Belgium, WWF Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Reports (PDF)

Towards Good Environmental Status - A Network of Marine Protected Areas for the North Sea

Conservation of marine biodiversity beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. With a focus on High Seas Marine Protected Areas

The Value of our Oceans. The Economic Benefits of Marine Biodiversity and Healthy Ecosystems

Climate change and ocean acidification in OSPAR - WWF recommendations on the strategies and work products of OSPAR and its Committees

Marine Protected Areas in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. Proposed High Seas MPAs in the North-East Atlantic (1998-2006)


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

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

Vulnerability Assessment of the North-East Atlantic Marine Ecoregion to Climate Change


Briefings & Factsheets (PDF)

FAR OUT and DEEP UNDER. Protecting deep sea life on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Mid-Atlantic Ridge / Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone - proposal for an OSPAR MPA in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. Executive Summary

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

Bremen + 3 = ? - Scorecard exercise assessing the progress, since 2003, towards an ecologically coherent network of well-managed MPAs for the North-East Atlantic

Conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction - the role of regional seas organisations




Submissions to Intergovernmental Fora

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

Annual Meeting of the OSPAR Commission, Brussels, EC, 22-26 June 2009

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

OSPAR Biodiversity Committee, Stockholm, Sweden, 23-27 February 2009

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


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

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

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

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

Annual Meeting of the OSPAR Commission, Brest, France, 23-27 June 2008


Project News

Conservation of deep water habitats in the North-East Atlantic with fisheries management tools (JPG map) - updated May 2009

Complementary map including cold-water coral reefs (JPG map) - updated May 2009

Management Options for the Charlie-Gibbs Marine Protected Area

Revised WWF proposal for the nomination of a marine protected area within areas beyond national jurisdiction: Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone / Mid Atlantic Ridge

Map of areas including habitats vulnerable to deep-water fishing in areas beyond national jurisdiction of the North-East Atlantic
(JPG map)

Showcase examples of offshore marine protected areas in the North-East Atlantic


Last Calendar Update:  May 7, 2009