6 October 2010 - The ASCOBANS Advisory Committee (AC) held its 17th Meeting from 4-6 October 2010 at the Secretariat's premises, the historical high-rise building Langer Eugen in the city of Bonn, Germany. The AC provides advice and information to the Parties and the Secretariat between the sessions of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), where also the work plan for the triennium gets agreed. Nine of the ten member states to the Agreement were represented at the AC17 Meeting, as well as eight non-governmental organizations and several invited experts.
It was the last meeting to be chaired by the team Stefan Bräger (Germany) as Chair and Jan Haelters (Belgium) as Vice-Chair. After three successful meetings, they have passed the responsibility to Sami Hassani (France) as the new Chair and Penina Blankett (Finland) as Vice-Chair, who will lead the Committee starting with its 18th Meeting in 2011.
Among the decisions made at this meeting are the establishment of intersessional working groups for the Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoises in the North Sea, on bycatch and on noise. Further, a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Plan for the Agreement was adopted. Four projects were selected which would receive funding from ASCOBANS resources, covering an inventory of harbour porpoise presence in the Russian Baltic, a feasibility study on the creation of a common web-accessed strandings database, an investigation of pollutant exposure in coastal top predators and a study on harbour porpoise and fishery interactions in the North West Iberian peninsula.
The full report will be made available on this website shortly.
Last updated on 25 March 2014