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1 Working Group on Data, information and knowledge exchange
Marine Strategy Framework Directive: status of reporting on Articles 8, 9 and 10 European Commission DG Environment Marine Environment and Water Industry Unit Working Group on Data, information and knowledge exchange 30-31 October 2012, Brussels

2 Outline Preparations for 2012 reporting State of reporting
Issues arising Preparations for reporting of monitoring and measures

3 Preparations for 2012 reporting
December 2011 agreement by Marine Directors: Endorsed reporting concept paper, reporting sheets for Art. 9 and 10, selected sheets for Art. 8 Agreed forward timetable to finalise remaining sheets by WG DIKE meeting in March 2012 January 2012 – meeting of WG DIKE drafting group Substantive agreement on remaining sheets Jan.-March 2012 – development of reporting tools March 2012 – reporting sheets agreed by WG DIKE RS effectively ready for MS to start completing May-June 2012 – reporting package endorsed by MSCG and Marine Directors

4 Preparations for 2012 reporting
March-May 2012 – testing of reporting tools by MS: BG, DE, IE, IT, RO, FR, SI, UK Significant concerns over ‘translation’ of reporting sheets into MSFD database Number of other technical issues May-July 2012 – restructuring of reporting tools to address MS concerns; new guidance document prepared 4 July – Training course on reporting for Member States 20 July – Final tools, guidance and EEA/Eionet resource page released to MS July onwards – Help Desk for MSFD reporting Technical and content queries

5 Eionet ReportNet Resources (reporting tools, guidance): Retrieval of reports: Some MS have elected to restrict access to reports

6 Status of reporting on Art. 8, 9 and 10 – 30/10/12
Member State 'Paper' reports Electronic reports Art. 8, 9, 10 Art. 8, 9, 10 (7 xml files) Spatial data (2 files) BE Belgium 16-Aug BG Bulgaria HR Croatia* * Member State from 1/7/13  CY Cyprus 25-Sep DK Denmark 12-Oct EE Estonia FR France FI Finland DE Germany 27-Jul 15-Oct (revised 29 Oct) 15-Oct EL Greece IE Ireland IT Italy 14/10/2012 (revised 23 Oct) 14-Oct LV Latvia LT Lithuania MT Malta NL Netherlands 11-Oct PL Poland PT Portugal 22/10/2012 (mainland, ext. CS) Due 15/12/12 (Madeira) Due ??? (Azores) RO Romania SI Slovenia ES Spain 11/10/2012 (art. 8, 9) 22/10/2012 (art. 10) SE Sweden 15-Oct (art. 9, 10) UK United Kingdom 19/10/2012 (art. 8, mainland) Due 15/12/12 (art. 9, 10, mainland) Due ??? (Gibraltar) Report or information submitted Report or information only partially submitted (e.g. report for specific Article or specific marine region missing)

7 Learning from 2012 reporting – initial reflections
Relationship: ‘paper reports’ to reporting sheets (RS) ‘early’ MS have more difficulty matching to RS (paper reports completed before RS finalised) likely to lead to mismatch of reporting categories and gaps in priority fields Reporting sheet content Many topics to cover in RS – reflects Art. 8 and Annex III RS considered by some MS as complex with challenging questions, despite ‘simple’ set of main questions (concept paper) Assessment methods poorly developed, e.g. ‘whole area’ assessments High level approach (functional groups, predominant habitats, hazardous substances) but data often more detailed (biotope/species/substance level)

8 Learning from 2012 reporting – initial reflections
Geographic scales, regions/subregions Complex issues; inconsistent approaches to scale Reporting tools Database much improved from test version, but could be more user friendly (difficulties transcribing from original RS) Schemas initially with many more error messages Timing: reporting sheets and tools Entire reporting system developed and built in 15 months Agreed RS ‘too late’ for early reporting MS Final reporting tools and guidance slightly delayed due to major revision needed MS with internal systems built on ‘trial version’ of schemas MS with long/complex internal processes need RS earlier

9 Learning from 2012 reporting – future reporting
Article 12 assessment Geographic scale issues Consistency in use of reporting categories, determination of GES Value of reporting for Art. 12 and EEA baseline assessments Timing Develop and agree Reporting Sheets in good time Art. 11 Monitoring – aim to agree RS by spring 2013 (reports due October 2014) Art. 13 Measures – aim to agree RS by mid 2014 (reports due March 2016) Art. 8, 9 and 10 reporting in 2018 – aim to agree revised RS by 2016 Reporting tools Develop and test in good time Improved user-friendly interface

10 Thank you for your attention!
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