Evaluating the progress in achieving Good Environmental Status in the Mediterranean: a methodology to assess the effectiveness of Marine Strategy Framework Directive's Programmes of Measures

Sašo Gorjanc*, Katja Klančnik, Nadia K. Papadopoulou, Arantza Murillas-Maza, Klara Jarni, Theodora Paramana, Mišo Pavičić, Francesca Ronchi, Maria C. Uyarra, Špela Koren, Manos Dassenakis, Olja Vidjakc, Christopher J. Smith, Sanda Skejić

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Abstract

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) aims to achieve Good Environmental Status of the European Union's marine waters for which the EU Member States are preparing Programmes of Measures (PoMs) to coordinate policies and improve the marine environmental status. These Programmes are revised every six years, yet there is currently no comprehensive and robust methodology to assess the effectiveness of PoMs and their contribution to reaching Good Environmental Status. This paper presents a new and concrete methodology combining policy, socio-economical, and environmental aspects, relying on available monitoring data, official reporting, and expert judgement to yield easily comparable numerical results. The utility of this methodology is also demonstrated on a series of hypothethical measures under descriptors 1 (Biological diversity), 3 (Commerical fisheries stocks), 6 (Seafloor integrity), and 10 (Marine litter). The demonstration shows how the method can be used by policy and decision-makers across the EU, as well as a variety of expert and non-governmental actors to evaluate the progress and potential of individual PoMs on national and (sub)regional levels. Therefore, the method could pave the way to more coherent, coordinated and effective measures to protect EU seas.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104889
Number of pages11
JournalMarine Policy
Volume136
Early online date1 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • MSFD
  • Measures
  • Effectiveness
  • GES
  • marine policy
  • EU
  • PoM
  • Biodiversity
  • Fisheries
  • Seafloor

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