Marine Strategy Framework Directive


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Marine Institute

RPS was appointed as expert advisor and project partner by the Marine Institute and Department of the Environment to assist in the delivery of six projects to ensure Ireland meets its obligations with regard to the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

The six MSFD projects delivered by RPS under the guidance of the Marine Institute and the Department of the Environment were:

Preparation of a draft Initial Assessment, including the development of an Index of Indicators and proposal for draft Environmental Targets

Data collection, processing and digitising to build an Atlas of the Irish Marine Environment (

Preparation of a monitoring programme for the Irish Marine Environment including an implementation roadmap from 2014 – 2020.

Preparation of the draft programme of measures for the MSFD and its development through collaboration and consultation with a wide range of national and international stakeholders

Public consultation and stakeholder engagement obligations during all stages of the process.

Completion of all reporting obligations to the European Union between 2012 and 2016.

The work on the first cycle of MSFD was ground breaking; it had never been done before. It required the development of a collaborative framework approach across scientific disciplines and the creation of a policy context for the work as the programme of measures work was developed. RPS provided scientific consultancy services including secretariat functions, chairing of technical and consultative groups and completed all Cycle 1 reporting to the European Commission.