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UK Initial Assessment and proposals for Good Environmental Status

defraConsultation Start: 27 March 2012 – Consultation End: 18 June 2012

This is a joint consultation between Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government and on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The Directive requires Member States to take measures to achieve or maintain Good Environmental Status (GES) for their seas by 2020.  GES involves protecting the marine environment, preventing its deterioration and restoring it where practical, while using marine resources sustainably.  The Directive is very wide-ranging and sets out eleven descriptors of GES relating to biological diversity, non-indigenous species introductions, commercially exploited fish and shellfish populations, food webs, human-induced eutrophication, sea floor integrity, hydrographical conditions, concentrations of contaminants, contaminants in fish and other seafood, litter and noise.

This consultation focuses on the initial stages of implementation and includes a draft initial assessment of the state of the UK’s seas; proposals for UK characteristics of GES; proposals for detailed UK targets and indicators of GES; and an impact assessment setting out potential implications of the proposed GES targets and indicators.  Later consultations will cover proposals for the UK monitoring programmes for GES and the UK programmes of measures for achieving GES.

How to respond – written responses no later than 18 June 2012 to: MSFDTeam@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Find more information on the MSFD including consultation Q&A and factsheets

The following research reports provide the evidence base for the proposals set out in the consultation:

  • Designing Business as Usual Projections of the Marine Environment to Inform the UK Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, ABPmer 2012
  • Proposed UK targets for achieving GES and cost-benefit analysis for the MSFD, Cefas 2012
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