The 2017 MEDQSR underlined the gaps identified during the assessment exercise on the agreed indicators in synergy with the EU MSFD. The next challenge is determining whether the measures/actions are effective in achieving their objective of maintaining or achieving GES. The main objective of this activity is to support spreading the knowledge and experience generated… Continue reading Activity 6: Integrating GES biodiversity assessment in a pan-Mediterranean scale
The objective of this activity is to support MSFD implementation by providing socioeconomic insights (including on human wellbeing) of the use and management of the marine waters of the Mediterranean, in consistency with activities under the UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention framework and IMAP implementation. More precisely, it will support the quantification (notably ex-post) of the effect of… Continue reading Activity 5: Socio-economic analysis of measures
Over the past years, important progresses have been made in the Mediterranean Sea regarding cetaceans’ monitoring, as part of the EU MSFD implementation and other national research activities such as the national monitoring programs developed and implemented in parallel with the ACCOBAMS Survey Initiative (ASI) for Mediterranean countries. In 2018 and 2019, ASI led for… Continue reading Activity 4: 214 Streamlining Descriptor’s D1 selected criteria regarding mammal’s species groups (small toothed cetaceans, deep diving toothed cetaceans and baleen whales) towards coordinated monitoring and assessment in the Mediterranean.
The general objective of Activity 3 is to support Competent Authorities to set-up a consistent approach for the assessment of the status of benthic habitats subjected to human pressures and the establishment of regional measures to protect seafloor integrity (and in particular its biological component, i.e., species/communities/habitats) from physical disturbance. Within Activity 3, elements from… Continue reading Activity 3: Benthic habitat: enhancing consistency for its status assessment and for the identification of effective measures to reduce physical disturbance to the sea-floor in the Mediterranean Sea.
For the work in Activity 2, a suitable set of plankton assemblage data is essential to allow the development of assessment systems. There is no shortage of plankton data from water samples in the Mediterranean MSs that include also long-term series and valuable research data, although there may arise some accessibility problems. Nevertheless, the direct… Continue reading Activity 2: Pelagic habitat: using the plankton communities to address properly the status of pelagic habitat and relevant spatio-temporal scales and pressures.
Activity 1 has a four-fold focus and scope: administrative and scientific coordination and management of the project, engagement of MSFD Competent Authorities, communication and outreach and networking and stakeholder engagement. The specific objectives of this Activity are: O1.1: Coordinate activities and facilitate communication between partners within and across activities; O1.2: Manage and monitor the progress… Continue reading Activity 1: Coordination/Management, Dissemination – Engagement of Stakeholders and Competent Authorities.