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No. 16: A glossary of terms commonly used in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Andersen, J.H., Hansen, J.W., Mannerla, M., Korpinen, S. & Reker, J. 2013: A glossary of terms commonly used in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Aarhus University, DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, 32 pp. Technical Report from DCE – Danish Centre for Environment and Energy No. 16. www.dmu.dk/Pub/TR16.pdf

 

Summary

This glossary of terms commonly used in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (abbreviated to MSFD) (Anon. 2008a) is a product of the HARMONY project and meant as an interpretation manual supporting the work leading to publication in 2012 of Initial Assessments of EU Member States marine waters.

HARMONY, or in full “Development and demonstration of Marine Strategy Framework Directive tools for harmonization of the initial assessment in the eastern parts of the Greater North Sea subregion”, is a project aimed towards development of informed marine assessments and management tools for the North Sea.

The overall objective of HARMONY, which started in September 2010 and ends in December 2012 is to develop and demonstrate tools for harmonization of the MSFD initial assessment in the eastern parts of the Greater North Sea subregion. The challenges of the HARMONY project are twofold. The first challenge is to establish an overview of ecological information and harmonize it across the eastern parts of the Greater North Sea subregion and thus support Member States in the implementation of the MSFD. The second challenge is to understand and quantify the spatial distribution and intensity of human activities in order to evaluate the trade-off between impacts and safeguarding of marine ecosystems and thus support the implementation of the MSFD. HARMONY will in particular focus on:

  • Developing and testing tools for characterisation and assessment of ‘environmental status’, including thematic tools for integrated assessment of ‘eutrophication status’, ‘chemical status’ and ‘biodiversity status’.
  • Developing and testing tools for characterization of cumulative human pressures and impacts.
  • Collaborating and communicating with relevant institutions and organisation and disseminating the results to partners, neighbouring countries and the public.