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Marine Framework Strategy (EU)

Posted by: Katie Hill
13th Sep 2011
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Marine Framework Strategy (EU)

The aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (adopted in June 2008) is to protect more effectively the marine environment across Europe. It aims to achieve good environmental status of the EU's marine waters by 2020 and to protect the resource base upon which marine-related economic and social activities depend.

Under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive each Member State, cooperating with other Member States and non-EU countries within a marine region, is required to develop a strategy for their marine waters. The marine strategies to be developed by each Member State must contain a detailed assessment of the state of the environment, a definition of "good environmental status" at regional level, and the establishment of clear environmental targets and monitoring programmes; each Member State being required to draw up a programme of cost-effective measures. Prior to any new measure an impact assessment which contains a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the proposed measures is also required. Where Member States cannot reach the environmental targets specific measures tailored to the particular context of the area and situation will be drawn up.

The goal of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is in line with the objectives of the Water Framework Directive which requires surface freshwater and ground water bodies to be ecologically sound by 2015 and that the first review of the River Basin Management Plans should take place in 2020.

Further information on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive can be found here.

A copy of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive can be found here.