Key Documents

Stages: MSFD Decision Support Resources Factsheet

Stages: MSFD Decision Support Resources Factsheet

STAGES was an EC FP7-funded Coordination and Support Action that aimed to improve the scientific knowledge base required to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and help Member States to achieve a Good Environmental Status (GES) in European marine waters by 2020. STAGES ran from September 2012 to September 2014. Here(…)

Stakeholder News Brief

Stakeholder News Brief

The Stakeholder News Brief 1 highlights recommendations agreed by the MCSD SC about issues, vision, and structure of the revised strategy, based on the results of the Stakeholder Consultation Phase 1. With the agreement on a provisional vision and structure, Phase 2 of the MSSD Review has commenced. Based on this provisional structure, multi-stakeholder thematic working groups(…)

The 1st phase of implementation of the MSFD – EC’s assessment and guidance

The 1st phase of implementation of the MSFD – EC’s assessment and guidance

The marine environment is a precious heritage that must be protected, conserved and, where practicable, restored with the ultimate aim of maintaining biodiversity and providing diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive. Maintaining and achieving such conditions is essential to support sustainable use of the marine environment for this and(…)

In-Depth Assessment of the EU Member States’ Submissions for the MSFD

In-Depth Assessment of the EU Member States’ Submissions for the MSFD

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) foresees that by 15 July 2012, Member States had to provide information on the initial assessment (article 8 of the directive), on the determination of good environmental status (GES – article 9) and on the establishment of environmental targets and associated indicators (article 10). An In-Depth Assessment (IDA) of(…)

Report from the Commission to the Council and The European Parliament

Report from the Commission to the Council and The European Parliament

Just over five years after the entry into force of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), this report marks the end of the first, ambition-setting phase of its implementation. An unprecedented data-collection and analysis exercise has been undertaken, during which Member States have provided an assessment of the state of their seas (the initial assessment),(…)

JRC Scientific and Technical Report

JRC Scientific and Technical Report

The mission of the JRC-IES is to provide scientific-technical support to the European Union’s policies for the protection and sustainable development of the European and global environment. The report was prepared under an Administrative Arrangement between JRC and DG ENV (No. 070307/2010/579669/AA/D2) and through JRC’s own institutional funding. Click here to read the complete report.

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