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1 Maritime Eionet workshop 26 October 2010

2 2 New EU policy context: Ecosystem based management Thematic Strategy for the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment Marine Protected Areas (e.g. Natura2000) Water Framework Directive Coastal area EU Integrated Maritime Policy, incl. CFP

3 3 Assessments moving slowly from DPSIR framework to ecosystem services Better expression of impacts on human health and socio- economics EEA will publish a 2012 European Ecosystem Assessment (EURECA): Marine component under consideration

4 4 Working towards producing an integrated marine/maritime assessment around Integrated assessment means to assess the full D-P-S-I-R framework in the context of the marine and coastal environment. Maritime economy as a driver of human activities The environmental consequences of these activities Potential of policy responses – are they enough? What more is needed on the European level? Start to develop both concept and content in collaboration with ETC/W + ETC/Lusi Develop a list of priorities of topics to cover Scale of assessment – e.g. to which extent will it be possible to develop a pan-European assessment? Can we collect enough data to implement an assessment tool?

5 5 The purpose… Achieve Good Environmental Status within the marine ecosystems, while promoting long-term sustainable use of marine resources The basic challenges for MSP to support ecosystem-based management: Describe the ecosystem in a spatial context Describe human activities in a spatial context Link ecosystem components with human activities -> set targets Implement Programme of Measures, (incl. spatial plan) based on an ecological understanding, to achieve GES Keep within the framework and guidance of EU Maritime Policy Ecological components and human activities only have one thing in common - They all influence place and/or exist somewhere

6 6 Cumulative activities – difficult to maintain overview Areas with specific sea use at the Belgian coast (source: DG MARE and HELCOM) Power plant Shipping intensity Waterborne P Heavy metal deposition Harbour Pelagic trawling Operating wind farm Source and Impact value

7 7 Relevant examples from MESH and BALANCE projects Seabed map showing EUNIS habitat types Benthic marine landscapes – What are the dominant landscape types of seas? Source: Source: BALANCE Interim Report No. 10 Source:

8 8 Pressure index – illustrating cumulative pressures Courtesy HELCOM HOLAS

9 9 Impact index – combining pressures with ecological values Three main elements: Data on pressures Expert judgment of effect upon ecosystem component Presence of ecosystem component in assessed area e.g. broad scale habitat map Courtesy HELCOM HOLAS

10 10 Published by AAAS B. S. Halpern et al., Science 319, (2008) Fig. 1. Global map (A) of cumulative human impact across 20 ocean ecosystem types

11 11 E uropean M arine O bservation D ata NET work Wise-Marine Country data BIG HELP: Integrated Maritime Policy – has identified Marine Observations as a need! MSFD Research data Policy relevant data Reference layers (maps) Marine Core Service data

12 12 Developing WISE-Marine (marine component of the Water Information System for Europe) MSFD & WFD data User EEA information services EEA information services Data from other Directives Data from other Directives Geo-ref. International Conventions International Conventions National Data Centres National Data Centres Internet (Inspire) Internet (Inspire) Sub- national Data Centres Sub- national Data Centres GMES Research projects EMODNET & Sea bottom mapping

13 13 DATA ASSESSMENTS Decision-makers / The public / NGOs / Researchers INFORMATION SERVICES ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS Distributing information & knowledge

14 14 In conclusion... Describing the maritime sector and our need to quantify pressures on the marine environment. Information system development /Atlases/coastal indicators and the role of spatial analysis and data integration Maritime spatial planning and ICZM Role of economic activities in coastal communities Maritime surveillance Climate change adaptation on the coast.

15 15 Assessments in a global context EEA is contributor to The 'Assessment of Assessments' established by decision of the UN. Recommends a regular global process for assessing the state of the marine environment based on fundamental agreed principles – expected formaly endorsed by the general assemply on 15/ First cycle planned

16 16 Principles to guide the Regular UN Process: 1.Viewing the oceans as part of the whole Earth system; 2.Regular evaluation of assessment products and the process itself to support adaptive management; 3.Use of sound science and the promotion of scientific excellence; 4.Regular and proactive analysis to ensure that emerging issues, significant changes and gaps in knowledge are detected at an early stage; 5.Continuous improvement in scientific and assessment capacity; 6.Effective links with policy-makers and other users; 7.Inclusiveness with respect to communication and engagement with all stakeholders through appropriate means for their participation 8.Transparency and accountability for the process and its products. Full report available at:

17 17 Thank you!

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