Science for Good Environmental Status: A European Joint Action to Support Marine Policy

Type Article
Date 2021-08
Language English
Author(s) Sprovieri MarioORCID1, Ribera D’alcalà MaurizioORCID1, 2, Roose PatrickORCID3, Drago AldoORCID4, de Cauwer Karien3, Falcini FedericoORCID5, Lips IngaORCID6, Maggi Chiara7, Mauffret AourellORCID8, Tronczynski Jacek8, Zeri ChristinaORCID9, Moretti Pier FrancescoORCID10, 11
Affiliation(s) 1 : Istituto per lo Studio degli Impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in Ambiente Marino (IAS-CNR), Torretta Granitola, 91021 Trapani, Italy
2 : Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, 80121 Napoli, Italy
3 : Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
4 : Department of Geosciences, University of Malta, MSD 2080 Msida, Malta
5 : Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR-CNR), Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Roma, Italy
6 : European Global Ocean Observing System, EuroGOOS AISBL, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
7 : Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), 00144 Roma, Italy
8 : Ifremer, Unit of Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology, 44311 Nantes, France
9 : Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
10 : PI Oceans/National Research Council of Italy (CNR-UREI), Rue de Trone 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
11 : National Research Council of Italy, P.le A. Moro 7, 00185 Rome, Italy
Source Sustainability (2071-1050) (MDPI AG), 2021-08 , Vol. 13 , N. 15 , P. 8664 (14p.)
DOI 10.3390/su13158664
Note This article belongs to the Special Issue Mitigating Marine Hazards and Sustainable Developing Strategic
Keyword(s) Marine Strategy Framework Directive, S4GES JPIO action, Good Environmental Status, science-based support for MSFD

In the last decade, several initiatives have been taken at a European level to adopt the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) by promoting coordination and stimulating integrated actions leading to consistent views on its final goal: the achievement of good environmental status (GES). In its holistic approach, the MSFD fully acknowledges the complexity and variability of marine ecosystems and demands constant scientific support for its actual implementation. Recently, the Joint Programming Initiative on “Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans” (JPI Oceans) launched the joint action “Science for Good Environmental Status” (Science4GES), building on the contribution of different scientific disciplines and communities to better fulfill the scope of the MSFD. In this paper we illustrate and discuss a few crucial aspects of endeavors to implement the MSFD specifically implied in the definition of the metrics for the 11 descriptors and GES in its complexity, as well as improving the strategy governing its implementation. This presentation also describes the challenges, aims and implementation plan for the JPI-O joint action, where a transdisciplinary approach may help in progressing from the comprehensive and far-reaching vision of the MSFD to the achievement of a durable GES

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Sprovieri Mario, Ribera D’alcalà Maurizio, Roose Patrick, Drago Aldo, de Cauwer Karien, Falcini Federico, Lips Inga, Maggi Chiara, Mauffret Aourell, Tronczynski Jacek, Zeri Christina, Moretti Pier Francesco (2021). Science for Good Environmental Status: A European Joint Action to Support Marine Policy. Sustainability, 13(15), 8664 (14p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :