MSFD mini-seminar
Brussels, 22 Feb 2012
Options for delivering
ecosystem-based marine
management (ODEMM)
Leonie Robinson
ODEMM Project Coordinator
1. Introduction
• Title: Options for Delivering Ecosystem-based Marine
Management (ODEMM)
• Duration & timing: March 2010 - August 2013
• Geographical scope: Europe’s four regional seas
• Aim: To develop a set of fully-costed ecosystem management
options that would deliver the objectives of the Marine Strategy
Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive, the European
Commission Blue Book and the Guidelines for the Integrated
Approach to Maritime Policy.
• Focus: Support implementation of MSFD (and Habs Directive) by
developing tools and understanding required to weigh up
options by Member States, Regional bodies and the EC
Introduction
Timeline for MSFD taken from UK perspective (DEFRA)
ODEMM
1. Timing affects utility of
work to different steps of
MSFD implementation
2. Tools developed
applicable to any MS or
regional assessment
Phase 1
Phase 2
TASKS
Completed
summer
2011
Completed Completed
autumn
summer
2012
2013
Initial assessment, metadata collation, status
and risk to GES (WPs 1 and 3)
X
Regional governance & legal setting (WP 2)
X
Descriptor case studies: evaluate management
measures against status quo (WP 4)
Descriptor case studies: evaluate risks to GES
under different scenarios (WP5)
Descriptor case studies: costs and benefits of
different scenarios (WP6)
Elaborate different governance settings to
support EA and MSFD implementation (WP7)
Implementation plan for delivering MSFD HLOs
and toolkit to support decision-making
Phase 3
Support MSFD initial
assessment process
Support Xdevelopment of
targets, implementation of
X programmes
monitoring
and selection of
X
programmes
of measures
Support Xgeneral
implementation of MSFD
and scope to achieveX EBM
in European regional seas
Introduction
OUTPUTS:
- Toolkit and tested applications of individual tools across
regional seas (databases to drive these)
- Barriers to implementation of MSFD (and linked policies) and
plan for transition to successful implementation
www.liv.ac.uk/odemm/Outputs.html
Introduction
Tools developed tested in
all regional seas.
Scope and knowledge
transfer dependent on:
- expertise of partnership
-Coverage of MSs and
neighbouring countries
- links of partners to
national administrations
and regional bodies
- approach of MSs and
regional bodies
Marine Regions
Baltic Sea
Mediterranean Sea
North East Atlantic Ocean
EEZ Boundaries
Marine Sub-regions
Atlantic Ocean
Bay of Biscay & Iberian Coast
Celtic Sea
Greater north Sea
Adriatic Sea
Aegean-Levantine Sea
Ionian Sea
W. Mediterranean Sea
2. Results to date
Phase 1
Phase 2
TASKS
Completed
summer
2011
Completed Completed
autumn
summer
2012
2013
Initial assessment, metadata collation, status
and risk to GES (WPs 1 and 3)
X
Regional governance & legal setting (WP 2)
X
Descriptor case studies: evaluate management
measures against status quo (WP 4)
Descriptor case studies: evaluate risks to GES
under different scenarios (WP5)
Descriptor case studies: costs and benefits of
different scenarios (WP6)
Elaborate different governance settings to
support EA and MSFD implementation (WP7)
Implementation plan for delivering MSFD HLOs
and toolkit to support decision-making
Phase 3
Support MSFD initial
assessment process
X development of
Support
targets, implementation of
X
monitoring
programmes
and selection of
programmes
of measures
X
Support
X general
implementation of MSFD
and scope to achieve
EBM
X
in European regional seas
ODEMM tools: Linkage Framework and Tables
ODEMM tools: Linkage Framework and Tables
ODEMM tools: Pressure Assessment
• Tool to assess threat to ecosystem characteristics (ECs) from
different human sectors and their pressures
• Can be used to assess threats related to the different GES
descriptors
• Weights interactions between ECs, pressures and sectors in
terms of extent & frequency of overlap, degree of impact (DoI),
resilience of EC and persistence of the pressure
• Utility to inform selection of management measures
Extent/frequency of overlap & DoI – management options
Resilience & persistence – management potential
• Applied to all regional seas and guidance available online
ODEMM tools: GES Risk Assessment
• Tool to assess level of risk to individual GES descriptors at
time of assessment (low, moderate or high risk)
• Risk criteria developed for each descriptor based around
definition of GES for descriptors, plus information on indicators
and attributes
• Methodology developed so that information from relevant
existing national and regional assessments could be translated
into an initial assessment for GES (rather than assuming they
mean the same thing)
• Applied to all regional seas and guidance available online
Results of ODEMM GES risk assessment
Detailed information on each Descriptor per
regional sea in ODEMM Deliverable 1
Lessons learnt &
future challenges
1. Good to develop methodologies through a research driven
process, but will they be used by MSs/regional sea bodies in
current cycle of MSFD?
How to improve chances of research interacting with actors:
• Funders facilitate interactions between relevant actors from call
onwards (not once projects already well developed)
• Projects develop their contact lists for dissemination but funders
could help to direct this to relevant actors from start
• Calls could include a need to include partners (silent or active)
key in actual implementation (actors)
• Limitations on this in terms of volume of projects and
knowledge overload?
Lessons learnt &
future challenges
2. Future challenges for research
• Availability of spatially refined information on human use of
marine environment
• Furthering understanding of ecosystem goods and services
• Need to work across land-sea interface to properly account for
all key pressures on marine ecosystems (and GES descriptors)
• Need to work on link between rapidly developing governance
field and more traditional marine ecosystem assessment work
that tends to focus on the sector/pressure/state level
• Need to recognise links between all relevant policies for
different GES descriptors and how these influence ability to
achieve targets
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