Outlines how we plan to achieve Good Environment Status (GES) in our seas by 2020.
This is a requirement of the Marine Strategy Regulations 2010. It is derived from the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
The key aims of the strategy are:
- protecting the marine environment
- preventing its decline
- restoring it where practical
- using marine resources sustainably.
The publication of the strategy is the result of:
- regional working with all four UK Administrations and technical experts
- using the Oslo Paris Convention (OSPAR) strategic network to support decisions and implementation
The strategy is divided into three stages and is reviewed on a six yearly basis.
Marine strategy part one: assessment of GES
An initial assessment of GES was undertaken in 2012. Several targets and indicators were published.
A second assessment of GES was undertaken in 2018. It proposes revised targets and indicators. This will be open to consultation in 2019, led by the UK Government.
Marine strategy part two: monitoring programmes
Part two of the strategy sets out the monitoring programmes to assess progress. We aim to achieve GES by 2020. Part Two was published in 2014 and will be reviewed in 2020.
Marine strategy part three: programme of measures
The four UK Administrations produced a programme of measures. It went to consultation, and was published in 2015. It contains Welsh specific elements for delivery within the six year cycle. It will be reviewed in 2021.
An updated UK Marine Strategy Part One will be published following the consultation.