8th Meeting of the Parties

The location on the map is approximate!


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 ascobans.secretariat@ascobans.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 

Online registration

Please go to www.ascobans.org/MOP8/registration to register for the meeting by 31 July.

30 Aug 2016 09:00 to 01 Sep 2016
VenueMinistry of the Environment

Download all files as .zip

Number Title Files
MOP8/Doc.1.4.a Rev.2 Provisional Agenda
MOP8/Doc.1.4.b Rev.1 Provisional Annotated Agenda and Schedule
MOP8/Doc.4.1 Evaluation of the Implementation of the ASCOBANS Work Plan and the Work of the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee
MOP8/Doc.4.2 Rev.1 Report of the ASCOBANS Secretariat
MOP8/Doc.5.1 ASCOBANS and the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species
MOP8/Doc.5.2 Draft Resolution: National Reporting
MOP8/Doc.5.3 Rev.1 Draft Resolution: Work Plan for the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee and Secretariat 2017-2020 and Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023
MOP8/Doc.5.4.a Draft Rules of Procedure for the Advisory Committee
MOP8/Doc.5.4.b Draft Rules of Procedure for the Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS
MOP8/Doc.6.1.1 Rev.1 Draft Resolution: Third Revision of the Recovery Plan for Baltic Harbour Porpoises (Jastarnia Plan)
MOP8/Doc.6.1.2.a Development of a Conservation Plan for Common Dolphins
MOP8/Doc.6.1.2.b Draft Resolution: Conservation of Common Dolphins
MOP8/Doc.6.2.1 Draft Resolution: Monitoring and Mitigation of Small Cetacean Bycatch
MOP8/Doc.6.2.2 Draft Resolution: Ocean Energy
MOP8/Doc.6.2.3 Draft Resolution: Impacts of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
MOP8/Doc.6.2.4 Draft Resolution: Addressing the Threats from Underwater Munitions
MOP8/Doc.6.2.5 Draft Resolution: Managing Cumulative Anthropogenic Impacts in the Marine Environment
MOP8/Doc.6.2.6 Draft Resolution: Small Cetacean Stranding Response
MOP8/Doc.6.2.7.a Rev.1 Draft Resolution: CMS Family Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessments for Marine Noise-generating Activities
MOP8/Doc.6.2.7.b Rev.1 CMS Family Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessments for Marine Noise-generating Activities
MOP8/Doc.7.1.a Rev.1 Report of the Secretariat on Financial and Administrative Matters 2013-2016
MOP8/Doc.7.1.b Rev.1 Draft Resolution: Management of Expenditures between 2012 and 2015
MOP8/Doc.7.2.a Draft Resolution: Financial and Administrative Matters 2017-2020
MOP8/Doc.7.2.b Proposals for the Budget of the Financial Period 2017-2020
Number Title Files
MOP8/Inf.1.2 Rules of Procedure for the Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS
MOP8/Inf.2.a Opening Statements: Parties
MOP8/Inf.2.b Opening Statements: Observers
MOP8/Inf.1.4 Rev.1 List of Documents
MOP8/Inf.4.3.a Compilation of Annual National Reports for 2012
MOP8/Inf.4.3.b Compilation of Annual National Reports for 2013
MOP8/Inf.4.3.c Compilation of Annual National Reports for 2014
MOP8/Inf.4.3.d Compilation of Annual National Reports for 2015
MOP8/Inf.4.3.e First Advice Harbour Porpoise Research in The Netherlands
MOP8/Inf.4.4 Reports from Non-Party Range States
MOP8/Inf.4.5.a Reports from Observer Organizations: NAMMCO
MOP8/Inf.4.5.b Reports from Observer Organizations: UNEP
MOP8/Inf.5.1.a Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023
MOP8/Inf.5.1.b Draft Companion Volume for the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species
MOP8/Inf.6.1.1 Concerning the Third Revision of the Jastarnia Plan for Recovery of the Baltic Harbour Porpoises
MOP8/Inf.6.2.1.a Bycatch-related Fisheries Legislation in the ASCOBANS Area
MOP8/Inf.6.2.1.b Development of a Rationale for Monitoring Protected Species Bycatch