Programmes of measures of the marine strategy framework directive: are they contributing to achieving good environmental status in the Mediterranean?

Arantza Murillas-Maza*, Maria C Uyarra, Nadia K. Papadopoulou, Chris J. Smith, Saso Gorjanc, Katja Klančnik, Theodora Paramana, Olga Chalkiadaki, Manos Dassenakis, Mišo Pavičić

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Abstract

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is the piece of legislation with which the EU aims to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of its seas. This Directive requires Member States (MSs) to set up and implement Programmes of Measures (PoMs) to achieve this goal. This paper presents a catalogue as well as the analysis of the 535 measures proposed by the eight Mediterranean EU MSs to combat pollution and non-indigenous species and contribute to the GES of the Mediterranean Sea. The results reiterate the need for better coherence and coordination between MSs, also with non-EU countries in the preparation of the next iteration of PoMs. Only 5% of the measures applied have an effect beyond MSs´ marine waters jurisdiction, and a fifth of them lack linkages with any ecosystem component. The results point to gaps, while desired goals and recommendations will help policy makers to implement the and conceptualise measures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number111715
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume161
Early online date3 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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