Work Package 8 – Development of Marine Sustainability Assessment Toolkit

Partner responsible – National University of Ireland Galway

The final WP develops a “policy toolkit” that prepares a database of pressures and activities from WP7 case study and tests various scenarios using various policies, looking at how well those policies perform in delivering MSP and MSFD goals. Building on the work of WPs 4, 5 and 6, WP 8 first compiles a multi-faceted database that quantifies sectoral pressures on the marine environment in a cohesive, multi-scale and multi-sectoral manner, and then tests options for managing those pressures through a policy Toolkit using the case study sites from WP7. The database will be constructed from economic (WP4), social, ecological and institutional (WP5 and WP6) datasets, and will produce spatially explicit outcomes for various sector pressures acting both independently and in aggregate, as well as possible policy and sector responses.

This approach provides for a common, repeatable structure (i.e. the Toolkit) for testing the effectiveness of the range of single-sector to integrated, multi-sector management options within case study sites. The Toolkit’s outputs will be disseminated to policymakers, partners, and stakeholders identified from WP2, WP3 and WP7. These outputs can then be used to inform policies and practices that better meet marine ecological sustainability and socio-economic stability goals identified by the MSP and MSFD. Finally, an economic impact assessment will be carried out on the ‘Best Management Plan’ scenarios for the chosen case studies. This innovative Toolkit integrates multiple sectors in the maritime realm which often conflict with others over shared resource space and developmental timelines.

This unique assessment tool will quantitatively capture environmental and socioeconomic pressures, providing evidence-based data for the development of integrated policies within existing and proposed EU Directives. Another distinguishing feature of the Toolkit is its distinctive strength, which stems from the combined outputs of the project’s WPs as well as the multidisciplinary expertise of the project team, which includes geographers, economists, environmental scientists, and policy experts.

WP8 Actions and Outputs

Action 1:
Database development
Coastal and Marine Sector Database with physical, ecological, socioeconomic, demographic, and institutional information
Action 2:
Iterative ‘Best Management Plan’ testing of case study sites
Consultative and planning information, data and spatial modeling that supports policy review.
Action 3:
Economic Impact Analysis
The Input output tables and multipliers will act as summary measures used for predicting the total impact on all industries in an economy of changes in the demand for the output of our case study marine industries.