NRC on Marine, coastal and maritime

Profile 2018 - 2020


The profile is established to support EEA activities for transitional, coastal and marine waters as well as maritime activities.  It supports EEA Strategic Area 1.6, primarily the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Water Framework Directive (transitional and coastal waters), the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and the Nature directives and the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP)/Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSP). It also covers areas of interest to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). It links to key global processes such as the UN 2030 Agenda/SDGs (e.g. SDG 14) and the CBD (e.g. Aichi 11 target).


    • State of the environment assessments of coastal, transitional and marine waters that address, drivers, pressures, state, impact and response to a changing environment.
    • Mapping and assessment of marine ecosystem conditions, development of marine natural capital assessment and accounting frameworks, and ecosystem-based management.
    • Environmental cumulative pressures on transitional, coastal and marine ecosystems from climate change, pollution, fisheries, transport and energy production.
    • Monitoring and data handling in transitional, coastal, and marine waters (e.g. data collection on marine ecosystems and protected areas related to MSFD, EUNIS, CDDA, and NATURA 2000); Environmental indicators used to characterise state, pressures and impacts of transitional, coastal and marine waters. Socio economic indicators describing the maritime economy.
    • Expert knowledge of information systems.

    Policy processes to be supported

    • Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and activities under its common Implementation Strategy;
    • The Water Framework Directive, and its activities related to transitional and coastal waters;
    • Marine aspects of the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy (particularly with regard to Target2/Action 5) and the Nature directives;
    • The Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP)/Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSP) including indicators used to map progress.
    • Other directives like the Bathing Water Directive
    • Aspects of Common Fisheries and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
    • Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)

    Expected input and contributions from the NRC in 2018 - 2020

    Review of and comments on EEA products (consultation):

    • Reports, technical reports or other SoE related products provided in the transitional, coastal, marine, or maritime domain;
    • Updates of EEA indicators
    • Contribute as relevant to SOE reports

     Data delivery (usually annual), via EEA or ICES (request):

    • WISE SoE Marine data (WISE-6)
    • WISE SoE Biology in TC Waters (WISE-2)

    Relevant organisations and networks

    • European Commission - DG ENV (C2, C1), DG JRC, DG Eurostat
    • Representatives in MSFD’s MSCG and Working group on data, information and knowledge exchange (WG-DIKE), and the MSFD Technical Group on DATA (TG-DATA)
    • Regional Sea Conventions (HELCOM, OSPAR, UNEP/MAP, and the Bucharest Convention for the Black Sea)
    • Participants in major marine initiatives related to characterizing the marine environment, like the European data and observation network under the maritime policy (EMODNET), or the Copernicus marine environment monitoring service (CMEMS), ICES;

    Representatives following policy developments and implementation on maritime spatial planning and coastal management, e.g. members of the MSP’s MSEG and working groups.