Report on SWOT analysis of monitoring

Figure 2. Countries that filled in the DEVOTES Catalogue of Monitoring Networks (green). (Figure taken and adapted from EMIS website: EMIS-EU-bathymetry-maritime boundaries-borders;

Figure 2. Countries that filled in the DEVOTES Catalogue of Monitoring Networks (green). *

The DEVOTES project has produced a Catalogue of the Monitoring Networks currently used in European Seas, as reported by EU Member States and the Regional Sea Conventions, providing the basis for assessing the status of marine biodiversity. It focuses on MSFD descriptor 1 (biological diversity), 2 (non-indigenous species), 4 (food-webs) and 6 (seafloor integrity). The January 2014 version of the catalogue has 775 entries and includes over 210 monitoring programmes reported by ten EU Member States (Bulgaria, Denmark, UK, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain) and three countries that share European Regional Seas boundaries (Norway, Turkey and Ukraine).
The DEVOTES Deliverable D1.4 aims to 1) present a critical overview of the monitoring activities in Europe (i.e. what monitoring is being currently performed, why it is being performed, whether it is fulfilling its objectives and what pressures it is linked to), 2) identify areas where no monitoring is performed, 3) identify needs for further development for marine biodiversity monitoring and make recommendations about how to improve and optimize the current and future monitoring for the MSFD.


A comprehensive overview of the content of the catalogue is given, including details at the European, scale, of legislative and geographic (at regional and subregional sea level) of each monitoring activity, as well as the four descriptors, 11 biodiversity components, 22 habitats (18 seabed and 5 water column) and the 37 pressures addressed (both local manageable and widespread unmanageable). Two GIS-based interactive pdfs were produced and are available to help the potential users (e.g. competent authorities in Member States and non-EU countries, policy makers, government agencies and the regulatory bodies ultimately responsible for implementing the MSFD and ensuring that Good Environmental Status is achieved). Ecosystem overviews for each Regional Sea and the Sea of Marmara have been put together to highlight the specific features of those areas that could be relevant to be accounted by the regional monitoring programmes.
The gaps in monitoring networks related with pressures were analysed per Regional Sea and subregional level. The metadata collated in the catalogue was subject to a SWOT analysis to indicate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the existing monitoring networks across Europe.

Joana Patrício (JRC), Sally Little (UHULL), Krysia Mazik (UHULL), Shona Thomson (UHULL), Nikolaos Zampoukas (JRC), Heliana Teixeira (JRC), Oihana Solaun (AZTI), Maria C. Uyarra (AZTI), Nadia Papadopoulou (HCMR), Gokhan Kaboglu (DEU), Martynas Bucas (KUCORPI), Tanya Churilova (MHI-NASU), Olga Kryvenko (MHI-NASU), Snejana Moncheva (IO-BAS), Kremena Stefanova (IO-BAS), Ángel Borja (AZTI), Maria Alvarez (UHULL), Argyro Zenetos (HCMR), Chris Smith (HCMR), Anastasija Zaiko (KUCORPI), Roberto Danovaro (CONISMA), Laura Carugati (CONISMA), Mike Elliott (UHULL).
Deliverable 1.4Annex 1(Catalogue) Annex 2a (Instructions), Annex 2b (Overview), Annex 2c (Summary), Annex 3 (Ecosystem Overview), Annex 4 (Summary Results). Shapefiles are available here

*(Figure taken and adapted from EMIS website: EMIS-EU-bathymetry-maritime boundaries-borders;