Mr Phil Hogan T.D., the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, now invites submissions and comments on the preparation phase under Article 5.2(a) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, notably reporting of the Initial Assessment (Article 8); Determination of Good Environmental Status (Article 9) and Establishment of Environmental Indicators (Article 10). A total of 133 Reporting Sheets (external link) were submitted to the European Environment Agency’s ‘EIONET’ Central Data Repository website.
Consistent with Article 19 of the Directive, a draft summary of the Initial Assessment, Determination of Good Environmental Status and Establishment of Environmental Indicators is being prepared and will be made available by September 2013 for further consultation. However, to ensure all interested parties are given an early and effective opportunity to participate in the implementation of the Directive and, following on the publication of the information document, Ireland’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive Implementation in December 2012, ‘pdf’ versions of the reporting sheets are available through the links in the tables in the document below. The tables also provide a brief description of each of the reporting sheets.
Further details are available here.