Analysis of initial assessments
In order to implement the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Member States shall, in respect
of each marine region or sub-region concerned, make an initial assessment of their marine waters
- an analysis of the essential features and characteristics, and current environmental status of marine waters;
- an analysis of the predominant pressures and impacts, including human activity;
- an economic and social analysis of the use of marine waters and of the cost of degradation of the marine environment.
Main focus of the work package 2 is to perform detailed analysis of Estonian, Latvian, and Finnish initial assessments for coherence and gaps. An analysis of coherence of methodologies and concepts describing environmental status and evaluation of pressures and impacts (including human activities) as well as gaps analysis will be performed.
Once coherence and gaps in knowledge are identified, recommendations for harmonization of assessment schemes are prepared. Also proposals for integration of approaches in reporting procedures for different directives (MSFD, Water Framework Directive, and possibly with Habitat Directive) will be developed.
A seminar for authorities and experts preparing initial assessments will be arranged in Tallinn in April 2012.