DEVOTES (Development of Innovative Tools for Understanding Marine Biodiversity and Assessing Good Environmental Status) is one of the R&D projects, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, that provides scientific support for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD; EU Directive 2008/56/EC). The DEVOTES report highlighted here summarises two years of research to support the implementation process.
The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD; Directive 2008/56/EC, hereafter ‘Directive‘) is a major step forward for European and indeed global marine environmental management and is an ambitious piece of legislation which extends environmental control out to the 200nm limit. It is globally-leading as no other areas have similar legislation and will allow the integration of other holistic and framework directives such as the Water Framework Directive, Natura 2000 and now Maritime Spatial Planning Directive and the Integrated Coastal Zone Management recommendation.
The MSFD has all the right aims…
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