9th Meeting of the Parties


**Update: the 9th Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS will take place online, from 7 to 11 September 2020** 

Originally planned to be held in Brussels, Belgium on 8-10 September 2020, MOP9 has been moved online owing to uncertainties around COVID-19.  Belgium has kindly extended its offer to host this online meeting.


At the meeting, along with discussions surrounding strategic and institutional subjects, ASCOBANS Parties will consider resolutions on current conservation challenges. These include marine debris, resource depletion, stranding response, underwater noise, and bycatch.

Many of these same dangers threaten species the world over, in every ocean.  By addressing such 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 MOP9 documents as they become available.

Information for Participants containing details on the venue, hotel reservations and local transport will be available under "Other Documents". 

Should you experience problems in downloading documents or require any other assistance, please contact the Secretariatat ascobans.secretariat@ascobans.org

Online registration

Please register here  by 9 August.  Requests for observer status can be submitted by registering online by 10 June.


Submission, by Parties, of draft resolutions to the Secretariat: 5 June 2020

Requests for observer status: 10 June 2020

Draft resolutions online: 10 June 2020

Submission of documents to the Secretariat: 4 August 2020

Decision on admission of observers: 9 August 2020

Registration deadline: 9 August 2020

Documents online: 9 August 2020



07 Sep 2020 to 11 Sep 2020
Registration Deadline09/08/2020

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ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.1.2 Rules of Procedure for the Meeting of the Parties to ASCOBANS
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.1.4a Provisional Agenda
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.5.1 Proposed Amendments to Resolution 8.1: National Reporting
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.5.2 Draft Resolution: Work Plan for the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee and Secretariat 2021-2024
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.1.1 Draft Resolution: The Baltic Proper Harbour Porpoise
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.1.4 Proposed Amendments to Resolution 8.4: Conservation of Common Dolphins
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.1a Proposed Amendments to Resolution 8.5: Monitoring and Mitigation of Small Cetacean Bycatch
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.3/Rev.1 Draft Resolution: Marine Debris
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.4 Draft Resolution: Resource Depletion
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.5a Proposed Amendments to Resolution 8.10: Small Cetacean Stranding Response
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.5b Best Practice on Cetacean Post-mortem Investigation and Tissue Sampling
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.6a Proposed Amendments to Resolution 8.11: CMS Family Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment for Marine Noise-generating Activities
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.6.2.6b CMS Family Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessment for Marine Noise-generating Activities
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.7.1b/Rev.1 Draft Resolution: Management of Expenditures between 2016 and 2019
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.7.2a Draft Resolution: Financial and Administrative Matters 2021-2024
ASCOBANS/MOP9/Doc.7.2b Proposals for the Budget of the Financial Period 2021-2024