JRC launches the MSFD Competence Center

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The new MSFD Competence Centre was launched on 7th October by JRC Director for Environment and Sustainability, Maria Betti, at the EurOCEAN 2014 Conference in Rome.

The Joint Research Centre’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive Competence Centre (MCC) has been set up to help EU countries achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ of their marine waters by 2020, the main aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In achieving this aim, the MSFD seeks to protect the fragile balance of marine ecosystems, upon which many economic and social activities such as fishing or tourism depend.

The MCC acts as a science-policy interface, facilitating cooperation and information exchange for the successful implementation of the Directive.

The MCC constitutes a platform on which to share knowledge and scientific expertise on methods and modelling tools, and provides access to guidance, assessments and reviews. It is the result of a close collaboration between the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, EU Member States, Regional Sea Conventions (RSCs), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the European research community.

The MCC will act as a single entry point for policy-review activities, including the current review of the criteria and methodological standards for good environmental standards, which are key to achieving the MSFD goal. It will also provide useful modelling tools for the assessment of MSFD descriptors and serve as a knowledge broker, bridging the science-policy divide by feeding the implementation and adaptation process with relevant knowledge from the scientific community. The MCC has a web interface that brings together relevant tools and information, including assessment approaches, methodological standards or links to other related initiatives, such as the European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet).

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/jrc-launches-marine-competence-centre