Work Package 5 – Identify and assess sectoral pressures on the marine environment
Partner responsible – Fundación AZTI – AZTI Fundazioa
The importance of marine resources for economic development has come to the forefront with the focus on the Blue Growth agenda. Most of the reports on Blue Growth have focused on the job and value added creation potential of the maritime sectors. This growth depends on healthy marine ecosystems. Following the implementation of the MSFD, EU member states started to assess the environmental status of their marine waters. The goal of the MSFD is to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) of EU marine waters.
The MSFD provides descriptors, associated criteria and indicators that include biological, physico-chemical and pressure indicators to interpret what GES means. However, and as highlighted by the European Environment Agency following the initial assessments under the MSFD, more effort is needed to improve understanding of the linkages between marine economic activities and their pressures and impacts on marine waters.
The aim of this work package is therefore to define a set of activity-specific pressure indicators and, where appropriate, identify cross-sectoral pressures that, in addition to the state indicators, can be used to implement a sustainable management regime. Developing a common set of pressure indicators that can be used in the whole Atlantic Arc area requires coherence, coordination and cooperation, in order to provide an inter-regional comparative analysis of the environmental impact of the blue economy across the Atlantic area. AZTI will coordinate the research within this WP. Currently there are no homogeneous pressure indicators available that combine the multi-sectorial and supranational elements of blue growth in a meaningful way. The production of such indicators is only possible under the framework of a common international project such as MOSES. The developed indicators should be adaptable by other Member States in other regional seas as well.
WP5 Actions and Outputs