EU request on revisions to Marine Strategy Framework Directive manuals for Descriptors 3, 4, and 6
Revisions to three MSFD manuals were carried out based on the results of three workshops. These revisions are annexed in the requested format to this advice. Broadly these revisions have followed the templates and texts supplied to ICES following discussion by the EU’s Working Group on Good Environmental Status. For Descriptors 3 and 4, no major changes were made to the manuals, but revision was deeper for Descriptor 6 following comments from many EU Member States. EU Member States (supported by the European Commission) asked also for advice on the next steps for implementation of the Descriptors for the period 2015–2018.
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