The 8th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS) will take place 30 August to 1 September 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
At the meeting, along with discussions surrounding strategic and institutional subjects, ASCOBANS Parties will consider species action plans and resolutions on current conservation challenges. These include ocean energy, pollution from Polychlorinated Biphenyls, unexploded underwater munitions, anthropogenic noise, and bycatch.
Many of these same dangers threaten species the world over, in every ocean. Bycatch, for example, is the number one killer of sea life worldwide. By addressing such global threats, concerted action agreed by ASCOBANS Parties at the meeting could not only reduce their impacts on species in the ASCOBANS area but also help raise awareness and contribute to a global response needed to tackle these pressing issues affecting all life in our oceans.
Information for Participants
Participants are kindly invited to download MOP8 documents as they become available.
Information for Participants containing details on the venue, hotel reservations and local transport is available under "Other Documents".
Should you experience problems in downloading documents or require any other assistance, please contact Bettina Reinartz and Heidrun Frisch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to Helsinki in August 2016!
Deadlines and meeting schedule
Submission of draft resolutions to the Secretariat: 27 May 2016
Requests for observer status: 1 June 2016
Draft resolutions online: 1 June 2016
Submission of documents to the Secretariat: 26 July 2016
Decision on admission of observers: 31 July 2016
Registration deadline: 31 July 2016
Documents online: 31 July 2016
Heads of Delegation meeting: 29 August 2016, 5pm
Opening of the Meeting: 30 August 2016, 9am
Reception hosted by Finland: 30 August 2016, 7pm
Close of the Meeting: 1 September, 6.30pm
Please go to www.ascobans.org/MOP8/registration to register for the meeting by 31 July.