events event: Musing on the concept of Good Environmental Status: the complexity of the status and the status of complexity

Date: December 02, 2020

Place:  Online, -

Description of the event: 

Effective linkages are needed between emerging knowledge, innovative approaches and techniques in marine science and its practical understanding, and possible uses within the MSFD context. This means that criteria, including threshold values, methodological standards, and proper representation of the MSFD descriptors, should be periodically reviewed and amended in the light of scientific and technical progress. The efficient mechanisms for such revisions should also be built and strengthened, including development of new and innovative observational schemes and techniques, available for Member States. This will lead to a better consistency in the determination of the GES of different marine regions in the European Seas.
In such a context science can contribute revising or introducing criteria, apply risk-based approach, and provide rigorous definitions to sharpen and refine/specify the concept of thresholds and, in turn, of the Good Environmental Status (GES). Science has also the responsibility to foster data harmonization and interoperability, as well as integrations among MSFD Descriptors.

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Type: Open