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Is existing legislation fit-for-purpose to achieve Good Environmental Status in European seas?

Boyes, Suzanne J.; Elliott, Michael; Murillas-Maza, Arantza; Papadopoulou, Nadia; Uyarra, Maria C.

Authors

Suzanne J. Boyes

Professor Mike Elliott Mike.Elliott@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies

Arantza Murillas-Maza

Nadia Papadopoulou

Maria C. Uyarra



Abstract

Recent additions to marine environmental legislation are usually designed to fill gaps in protection and management, build on existing practices or correct deficiencies in previous instruments. Article 13 of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires Member States to develop a Programme of Measures (PoM) by 2015, to meet the objective of Good Environmental Status (GES) for their waters by 2020. This review explores key maritime-related policies with the aim to identify the opportunities and threats that they pose for the achievement of GES. It specifically examines how Member States have relied on and will integrate existing legislation and policies to implement their PoM and the potential opportunities and difficulties associated with this. Using case studies of three Member States, other external impediments to achieving GES are discussed including uses and users of the marine environment who are not governed by the MSFD, and gives recommendations for overcoming barriers.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Oct 15, 2016
Journal Marine pollution bulletin
Print ISSN 0025-326X
Electronic ISSN 1879-3363
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 111
Issue 1-2
Pages 18-32
APA6 Citation Boyes, S. J., Elliott, M., Murillas-Maza, A., Papadopoulou, N., & Uyarra, M. C. (2016). Is existing legislation fit-for-purpose to achieve Good Environmental Status in European seas?. Marine pollution bulletin, 111(1-2), 18-32 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.079
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.079
Keywords Marine strategy framework directive (MSFD), Barriers, Blue growth, Programme of measures, Recommendations, GES
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16304830
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Is existing legislation fit-for-purpose to achieve Good Environmental Status in European seas?; Journal Title: Marine Pollution Bulletin; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.06.079; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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