Review of Methodological Standards Related to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Criteria on Good Environmental Status
In accordance with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD; 2008/56/EC), it is appropriate to make provision for the development of criteria and methodological standards to ensure consistency and to allow for comparison between marine regions or subregions of the extent to which good environmental status (GES) is being achieved. Provision should be made for the adoption of methodological standards for the assessment of the status of the marine environment, monitoring, environmental targets and the adoption of technical formats for the purposes of transmission and processing of data in line with Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (Inspire). Additionally in MSFD Annex V, the need to develop technical specifications and standardized methods for monitoring at Community level, so as to allow comparability of information, is identified.
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