Marine Strategy Framework Directive Consultation Event

| March 21, 2012

Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are planning to launch a joint consultation on the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) on 27 March 2012. 

You will be able to find the consultation documents on the Defra web site

Defra will be hosting a stakeholder event in London on Friday 20 April 2012 to present the proposals in this consultation and to give stakeholders the opportunity to find out more information from policy-makers and experts on the thinking behind them.

They will provide more details nearer the time.

If you wish to attend, there will be limited space so please email to book your place now. 


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.  This consultation will focus on the initial stages of implementation and will include:

  • a draft initial assessment of the state of the UK’s seas;
  • proposals for characteristics of GES;
  • proposals for detailed 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.

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