On 27th November Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, welcomed the publication of a public consultation document entitled ‘Marine Strategy Framework Directive Ireland Programme of Measures Public Consultation Document’. This document presents the elements being considered by Ireland for inclusion in a finalised Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) National Programme of Measures, the objective of which is to achieve good environmental status (GES) in Irish marine waters.
The overall aim of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is to achieve or maintain GES of the European Union’s marine environment by 2020.
The finalised Programme of Measures proposal is due to be submitted to the European Commission by 31 March 2016.
The Minister said that the purpose of the public consultation process is to foster community engagement with, and to heighten awareness of, the aims of MSFD and its on-going implementation in Ireland. A Public consultation process has already been completed in relation to the ‘Initial Assessment’ and ‘Monitoring Programme’ phases of the Directive and input from interested parties is now welcome in relation to the actions needed to achieve compliance with provisions of the Directive.
Submissions and comments are invited on the draft Programme of Measures, on or before Friday, 29 January 2016. A dedicated email address, email@example.com has been set up to facilitate feedback from stakeholders including eNGOs, industry, the general public and other interested parties.
Further information on the consultation and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive click HERE.