Euroharp - Framework and Approach of the Harmonised Quantification and Reporting Procedures for Nutrients (HARP)
- The purpose of the HARP guidelines is to serve as a tool for Contracting Parties to report, in a harmonised manner, their different commitments, present or future, with regard to nutrients under the OSPAR Convention, in particular the 'Strategy to Combat Eutrophication'
- To this end, the HARP guidelines should enable Contracting Parties to quantify and report where appropriate on both:
- Nitrogen and phosphorus discharges and losses from point and diffuse sources into inland surface waters; and
- Nitrogen and phosphorus inputs into the Maritime Area, in a harmonised and transparent way.
- The implementation of the HARP Guidelines should facilitate the assessment of effectiveness of reduction measures and the progress towards the 50% reduction targets (PARCOM Recommendations 88/2, 89/4 and 92/7) and any future targets if agreed by OSPAR.
- The implementation of the HARP Guidelines may also facilitate the assessment of the eutrophication status of the problem and potential problem areas of the Maritime Area, as foreseen in OSPARs Common Procedure and any review of the eutrophication status of the OSPAR Maritime Area.
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