The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive was transposed into UK legislation on 15 July 2010. The Directive requires Member States to prepare national strategies to manage their seas to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. Major emphasis is placed on international co-operation.
Key requirements of the Directive:
- An assessment of the current state of UK seas.
- A detailed description of what GES means for UK waters, with a set of associated targets and indicators.
The two elements (above) were published in the Marine Strategy Part 1 on 20 December 2012.
The Marine Strategy Part Two was published on 05 August 2014. This provides a description of the UK’s MSFD marine monitoring programmes.
A future consultation will be held to cover proposals for the UK programmes of measures for achieving GES in early 2015.