Also known as Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
What is the aim of the directive?
- It establishes a common approach and objectives for the prevention, protection and conservation of the marine environment against damaging human activities
- It requires EU countries to develop strategies to achieve ‘good environmental status’ by 2020
- It emphasises the need for EU countries to cooperate with their neighbours in the marine regions
- It recognises the importance of spatial protection measures for the marine environment