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Intent and Objectives: Updated Assessment of Status, Good Environmental Status and Environmental Targets for Malta’s marine waters pursuant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC (MSFD)


From: Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: 21 November 2019
Running till: 28 November 2019
​Last Updated: 29 November 2019
1.        Background

The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) calls for the achievement or maintenance of Good Environmental Status (GES) in the marine environment by the year 2020 through the development and implementation of marine strategies. GES is defined by eleven descriptors listed in Annex I to the Directive covering biological elements pertaining to the marine environment and pressures thereon. Member States are required to seek achievement of GES, as determined at the level of the marine region or sub-region, for each Annex I descriptor based on a plan of action stipulated by the Directive itself. 

In accordance with Article 17 and Article 19 of the Directive, all the elements of the marine strategy should be reviewed every six years after their initial establishment and the updates should be made available to the public for comments. Within this context, the updated assessment of status for the marine environment, the revised GES characteristics and the environmental targets that were initially reported by Malta in 2013 will be drafted and issued for public consultation. The revised reports will cover each biological element of the marine environment and pressures thereon.

The revised assessment of status of the marine environment will include:
    1. the state of the marine environment and associated pressures and impacts (Art. 8 (1a and 1b)), and
    2. the revised Good Environmental Status characteristics (Art. 9) and environmental targets (Art. 10).

2.        Consultation Questions

The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on the intent and objectives of this programme.

3.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent in through the following channels:
By email:
By post:        Marine Strategy Framework Directive Consultation
                    National Affairs
                    Environment and Resources Authority
                    Hexagon House, 
                    Spencer Hill, 
                    ​Marsa   MRS 1441

Submissions were received by 28 November 2019.                            
We thank you for your input.
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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.


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