Lead Organization: Centro Tecnológico del Mar-Fundación (CETMAR), Spain
Duration: 2012 - 2014
ICES contact: Adi Kellerman, Head of Science
An EC-funded project connects science to policy to help achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in marine waters. To achieve this objective, the project will bridge the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) science-policy gap and improve the current scientific knowledge base to allow Member States to achieve GES.
"Contribute to Identification, Extraction, Analysis / Synthesis of the Knowledge":To ensure that relevant knowledge, already generated through marine environment research at both EU and national level, is identified, analyzed and made available in a format that is easily accessible and usable by policy makers and the wider MSFD stakeholder community. For that purpose, a solid methodology for collection, validation and harmonization of information will be put in place, including suitable collection criteria and tools tailored in accordance with the information supplier. Available information will be gathered, further analyzed and classified according to MSFD major themes: descriptors, criteria, indicators, pressures and impacts.
"Knowledge Gaps Assessment & Foresight": To identify the needs for further research to improve the scientific underpinning for the implementation of the MSFD. Among other issues, this includes the identification of:
- the lack of knowledge regarding pressure-impact relations
- the accumulation of impacts on marine ecosystems and services
- the needs for establishing the sound basis required to design efficient control measures and monitoring programmes.