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

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Istituto per lo Studio degli Impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in Ambiente Marino (IAS-CNR), Torretta Granitola, 91021 Trapani, Italy
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Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, 80121 Napoli, Italy
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Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Department of Geosciences, University of Malta, MSD 2080 Msida, Malta
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Istituto di Scienze Marine (ISMAR-CNR), Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Roma, Italy
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European Global Ocean Observing System, EuroGOOS AISBL, Rue Vautier 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), 00144 Roma, Italy
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Ifremer, Unit of Biogeochemistry and Ecotoxicology, 44311 Nantes, France
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Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), 19013 Anavyssos, Greece
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JPI Oceans/National Research Council of Italy (CNR-UREI), Rue de Trone 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
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National Research Council of Italy, P.le A. Moro 7, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Academic Editor: Tim Gray
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8664; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158664
Received: 21 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 25 July 2021 / Published: 3 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mitigating Marine Hazards and Sustainable Developing Strategic)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Marine Strategy Framework Directive; S4GES JPIO action; Good Environmental Status; science-based support for MSFD Marine Strategy Framework Directive; S4GES JPIO action; Good Environmental Status; science-based support for MSFD
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Sprovieri, M.; Ribera d’Alcalà, M.; Roose, P.; Drago, A.; De Cauwer, K.; Falcini, F.; Lips, I.; Maggi, C.; Mauffret, A.; Tronczynski, J.; Zeri, C.; Moretti, P.F. Science for Good Environmental Status: A European Joint Action to Support Marine Policy. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158664

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Sprovieri M, Ribera d’Alcalà M, Roose P, Drago A, De Cauwer K, Falcini F, Lips I, Maggi C, Mauffret A, Tronczynski J, Zeri C, Moretti PF. Science for Good Environmental Status: A European Joint Action to Support Marine Policy. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158664

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Sprovieri, Mario, Maurizio Ribera d’Alcalà, Patrick Roose, Aldo Drago, Karien De Cauwer, Federico Falcini, Inga Lips, Chiara Maggi, Aourell Mauffret, Jacek Tronczynski, Christina Zeri, and Pier F. Moretti 2021. "Science for Good Environmental Status: A European Joint Action to Support Marine Policy" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158664

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