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Public Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) - Article 17

The Department of Housing Planning and Local Government has published the draft update of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Article 8 Assessment, Article 9 Determination of Good Environmental Status and Article 10 Environmental Targets for public consultation.

Why we are launching this consultation?

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive is implemented in 6-year cycles commencing in 2012. The Initial Assessment addressing Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the directive was published and reported to the European Commission in 2013. This was followed by the development of a monitoring programme in 2015 and a programme of measures in 2016.

We are now in the second implementation cycle and are in the process of revising the Initial Assessment under Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the Directive. We are seeking your views in relation to the draft update.

What we are looking for?

The Public Consultation document can be downloaded from the link in the documents section of this web page.  Your views are being sought on the following elements set out in this document namely: the assessment of the marine environment, the characteristics for good environmental status, the proposed environmental targets and associated threshold values.

This feedback will be used to inform the preparation of the final assessment report including setting environmental targets and associated threshold values. There will be further consultations after this one where we will seek your views on the revisions to the monitoring programme and programme of measures. A questionnaire document outlining the aspects where input is sought is available to download, complete and return.

How to get involved?

The Department invites submissions from interested parties by e-mail or in writing.  The consultation period closes at midday on Friday, 28 February 2020.  You can make a submission by:

E-mail to the following e-mail address only msfd@housing.gov.ie; or

Writing to the following address:

MSFD Consultation,
Marine Environment Section,
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Wexford
Y35 AP90

Terms and Conditions

All submissions and comments submitted to the Department for this purpose are subject to release under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2014 and the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007-2014.Submissions are also subject to Data Protection legislation.

What we will do with your Response

Responses will inform the further development of the update report for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Article 8 Assessment, Article 9 Determination of Good Environmental Status and Article 10 Environmental Targets.

Please note that submissions received may be made available on the Department’s website. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection legislation. See also the Privacy Statement under the Documents link above.

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Status History

Status - Open
Open 
Friday, December 20, 2019
Closing 
Friday, February 28, 2020