21st Meeting of the Advisory Committee

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Please find a short news article on key outcomes here.


Participants are kindly invited to download AC21 documents as they become available. Please consult the Information for Participants for details on the venue, hotel reservations and local transport. Information related to the 4th Meeting of the North Sea Group on 28 September can be found here.

Should you experience problems in downloading documents or require any other assistance, please contact Bettina Reinartz and Heidrun Frisch at ascobans@ascobans.org

We look forward to welcoming you to Gothenburg in September! 

Online registration

Please go to www.ascobans.org/AC21/registration to register for the meeting by 30 August.

Requests for observer status need to reach the Secretariat by 31 July. A completed registration form or a written indication of your organization's intention to participate is sufficient.

29 Sep 2014 09:30 to 01 Oct 2014
Registration Deadline30/08/2014
OrganizerUNEP/ASCOBANS Secretariat
VenueHotel Riverton

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AC21/Doc.1.2.a Rev.1 Provisional Agenda
AC21/Doc.1.2.b Rev.2 Provisional Annotated Agenda
AC21/Doc.1.3 Rev.1 ASCOBANS Work Plan 2013-2016 – Progress
AC21/Doc.2.1.1.a Report of the 10th Meeting of the Jastarnia Group
AC21/Doc.2.1.1.b Proposal for Revised Terms of Reference for the Jastarnia Group
AC21/Doc.2.2.1.a Report of the 3rd Meeting of the North Sea Group
AC21/Doc.2.2.1.b Rev.1 Interim Report on the Implementation of the ASCOBANS North Sea Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoises
AC21/Doc.3.1 Revision of EU Legislation on Cetacean Bycatch
AC21/Doc.3.1.1.a Rev.1 Report of the Bycatch Working Group (AC21)
AC21/Doc.3.1.1.b Report of the Working Group for the Further Development of Management Procedures for Defining the Threshold of ‘Unacceptable Interactions’
AC21/Doc.3.2.1 Report of the Joint ACCOBAMS/ASCOBANS Noise Working Group (2014)
AC21/Doc.4.3.1 Intersessional Working Group on Research and Conservation Actions Undertaken in the Extended Agreement Area: Update for the Period September 2013 to August 2014
AC21/Doc.5.2 Report of the Secretariat on Outreach and Education Activities
AC21/Doc.6.1 Progress of Projects Supported through ASCOBANS
AC21/Doc.6.2.a Project Proposals Received for Future Funding
AC21/Doc.6.2.b Activities Requiring Funding
AC21/Doc.12.2 Revision of the Annual National Reporting Format
AC21/Doc.13.2 Development of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023
AC21/Doc.13.3.1 Report of the Joint ACCOBAMS/ASCOBANS Working Group on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
AC21/Doc.13.4 Collaboration with OSPAR on Threatened and/or Declining Species
AC21/Doc.13.5 Rev.1 Draft List of Dates of Interest to ASCOBANS in 2014/2015
AC21/Doc.14.1 Report on Administrative Issues 2013/2014
AC21/Doc.14.2 Report on Budgetary Issues 2013
AC21/Doc.14.3 Mid-Term Report on Budgetary Issues 2014
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AC21/Inf.1.2.a Rules of Procedure for the ASCOBANS Advisory Committee
AC21/Inf.1.2.b Rev.2 List of Documents
AC21/Inf.3.1.a ICES 2014: Report of the Working Group on Bycatch of Protected Species (WGBYC)
AC21/Inf.3.1.b ICES Advice April 2014: Bycatch of small cetaceans and other marine animals – Review of national reports under Council Regulation (EC) No. 812/2004 and other published documents
AC21/Inf.3.1.c Proposal for a Regulation of The European Parliament and of the Council laying down a prohibition on driftnet fisheries
AC21/Inf.3.2.1 IMO MEPC.1/Circ.833: Guidelines for the Reduction of Underwater Noise from Commercial Shipping to Address Adverse Impacts on Marine Life
AC21/Inf.3.2.2.a Concept for the Protection of Harbour Porpoises from Sound Exposures during the Construction of Offshore Wind Farms in the German North Sea
AC21/Inf.3.2.2.b Development of Noise Mitigation Measures in Offshore Wind Farm Construction 2013
AC21/Inf.3.2.3 Report of the ECS/ASCOBANS/ACCOBAMS Workshop on Introducing Noise into the Marine Environment – What are the requirements for an impact assessment for marine mammals?
AC21/Inf.3.4.3.a CMS Draft Resolution: Management of Marine Debris
AC21/Inf.3.4.3.b CMS Report I: Migratory Species, Marine Debris and its Management
AC21/Inf.3.4.3.c CMS Report II: Marine Debris and Commercial Marine Vessel Best Practice
AC21/Inf.3.4.3.d CMS Report III: Marine Debris Public Awareness and Education Campaigns
AC21/Inf.3.7.1.a CMS Draft Resolution: Programme of Work on Climate Change and Migratory Species
AC21/Inf.3.7.1.b Report of the ACCOBAMS Expert Workshop on the Impact of Climate Change on Cetaceans of the Mediterranean and Black Seas
AC21/Inf.3.7.2.a CMS Draft Resolution: Renewable Energy and Migratory Species
AC21/Inf.3.7.2.b Marine Renewable Energy: A Global Review of the Extent of Marine Renewable Energy Developments, the Developing Technologies and Possible Conservation Implications for Cetaceans
AC21/Inf.3.7.2.c ICES 2014: First Interim Report of the Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy (WGMRE)
AC21/Inf.3.7.3.a CMS Draft Resolution: Conservation Implications of Cetacean Culture
AC21/Inf.3.7.3.b Report of the CMS Scientific Council Workshop on the Conservation Implications of Cetacean Culture
AC21/Inf.3.7.4 CMS Draft Resolution: Sustainable Boat-Based Wildlife Watching Tourism
AC21/Inf.3.7.5 CMS Draft Resolution: Live Captures of Cetaceans from the Wild for Commercial Purposes
AC21/Inf.4.1.a ICES 2014: Report of the Working Group on Marine Mammal Ecology (WGMME)
AC21/Inf.4.1.b The short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the north-east Atlantic: distribution, ecology, management and conservation status
AC21/Inf.6.1.a Project Report: Enhanced detection of harbour porpoises prior to ramming, seismic blasts and ammunition clearance: design and construction of a PAL-porpoise detector (PPD)
AC21/Inf.6.1.b Interim Project Report: Examine habitat exclusion and long term effect of pingers
AC21/Inf.6.1.c Interim Project Report: Small Cetaceans in European Atlantic waters and the North Sea (SCANS-III)
AC21/Inf.11.1 Status of Accession and Acceptance of the Agreement’s Amendment
AC21/Inf.12.1.a 2013 Annual National Report Belgium
AC21/Inf.12.1.b 2013 Annual National Report Denmark
AC21/Inf.12.1.c 2013 Annual National Report Finland
AC21/Inf.12.1.d 2013 Annual National Report France
AC21/Inf.12.1.e 2013 Annual National Report Germany
AC21/Inf.12.1.f 2013 Annual National Report Lithuania
AC21/Inf.12.1.g 2013 Annual National Report Netherlands
AC21/Inf.12.1.h 2013 Annual National Report Poland
AC21/Inf.12.1.i Rev.1 2013 Annual National Report Sweden
AC21/Inf.12.1.j Rev.2 2013 Annual National Report United Kingdom
AC21/Inf.13.1 Reports of Representation of ASCOBANS at Meetings
AC21/Inf.13.1/Addendum Reports of Representation of ASCOBANS at Meetings: IWC65 Main Outcomes (INITIAL DRAFT)
AC21/Inf.13.3.a ICES Advice June 2013: Request from EU for Scientific advice on data collection issues
AC21/Inf.13.3.b ICES Advice November 2013: Request from EU for scientific advice on data collection issues – part 2
AC21/Inf.13.3.1 ICES Advice May 2014: OSPAR Request on Implementation of MSFD for Marine Mammals