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STAGES: connecting science to policy to support MSFD implementation. Blue Growth in the Mediterranean: Perspectives of Spain Palma de Mallorca 2-3 May 2013. Marisa Fernández- CETMAR. The MSFD. Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) IMP environmental pillar

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STAGES: connecting science to policy to support MSFD implementation

Blue Growth in the Mediterranean:

Perspectives of Spain

Palma de Mallorca

2-3 May 2013

Marisa Fernández- CETMAR


Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)

IMP environmental pillar

Delivery of Good Environmental Status (GES)

in EU marine waters by 2020 applying

the Ecosystem Approach

The Challenge

The Project

  • What constitutes GES?

  • Lack of knowledge that may hinder full implementation of the MSFD and the achievement of GES in EU waters.

  • Need to develop additional scientific understanding for assessing GES in a coherent and holistic manner

  • Relevant MSFD research results should be synthesized and passed to policy makers


Science and Technology Advancing

Governance and GES

Improve the current

scientific knowledge base and

connect science to policy to help

achieve GES in marine waters and

support MSFD implementation

Objectives and partnership

  • Identify, extract and synthesize the knowledge generated through EU and national research-funded activities relating to the MSFD, and make this information widely accessible to policy-makers and MSFD stakeholders.

  • Establish where further research needs to be conducted to improve the scientific knowledge underpinning implementation of the MSFD.

  • Provide pragmatic and ready-to-use recommendations to establish an effective European science-policy platform to support GES achievement and implementation of the MSFD

September 2012

August 2014

Budget: 999.692 Euros

Working Plan

Organized by categories

Facilitate approach to relevant MSFD stakeholders

Draw a first picture of a potential membership for a science/policy MSFD Platform.

27 coastal countries

>400 organizations

> 540 experts

WP1: Inventory of MSFD stakeholders

WP2: Identify, extract, analyze and synthesize the knowledge generated in EU and national research funded activities and make it available for policy makers and MSFD stakeholders

Comprehensive knowledge collection from EU and national public research projects

  • More than 1500 EU projects and 1200 national projects surveyed

    Analysis and classification of the information per MSFD major themes

WP3: Knowledge gap assessment and foresight

Identify the needs for further research to improve the scientific underpinning for the implementation of the MSFD

Synthesis of incoming recommendations: JRC & ICES, RSC, EU and MS reports

Foresight and consultation exercise (3 Workshops)

  • Implementation of Monitoring Programmes (13-15 May 2013, Brussels)

  • Pressures and their Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (September 2013)

  • Socio-economic Analysis (October 2013)

WP4: Science-policy Interface planning

Provide Concrete, Pragmatic and Ready-to-Use Recommendations on the Development of a a European Science-Policy Platform to Support Implementation of the MSFD

Stakeholders Analysis

  • Stakeholder identification / Survey implementation / Consultation Workshop

    Elaboration of a proposal for a SPI Platform

  • Outputs of Stakeholder Analysis, WP2 and WP3

  • Analysis of Existing SPI Structures, Processes and Best Practices

WP5: Knowledge transfer and communication

  • Outputs will be transfered to primary lead users who have the capacity to uptake the knowledge and utilize it.

  • Very targeted and taylor-made transfer of relevant outputs and materials to specific end users

  • Inclusion of research project results in the Eurocean Knowledge Gate (September 2013)

  • Final Conference (July 2014)

Impact and conclusions

  • Effective science-based implementation of MSFD

    • Science policy interface platform designed to meet the needs of MSFD

    • Full access to, and best use of existing scientific knowledge

  • Optimum use of public research funding in support of MSFD

    • Targeting science and technology funding investments towards addressing critical knowledge gaps

  • Stakeholder involvement and support to MSFD measures

    • Smoother implementation of MSFD through better stakeholder consultation and buy-in to measures needed to implement MSFD.

  • A huge work has been developed to achieve the first MSFD targets in Spain

    • MAGRAMA with the scientific and technical support of IEO and CEDEX

  • Coordination, optimization and integration of public and private research and technological resources will be crucial for the MSFD implementation

    • Support from the Spanish Technological Platform for the protection of the coast and marine environment; PROTECMA (www,

      Developing sustainable mechanisms to connect science to policy

      will be crucial to promote Blue Growth and implement IMP

Thanks for you attention !

For more information:

Project Coordinator: Marisa Fernandez

Centro Tecnológico del Mar- CETMAR

Tel. +34 986 247 047

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