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Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) Report Papers - ME1424

The reports published on this page were produced by members of the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG), and reviewed and endorsed by the wider HBDSEG community. HBDSEG are responsible for providing advice to the UK Government on the development of biodiversity indicators (D1, D4, D6) of Good Environmental Status (GES) for the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The development of biodiversity indicators and associated targets is ongoing, driven at the national and the EU level. It is therefore important to note that each of the reports published below represents the state of knowledge at the time of publication, and that some aspects of the biodiversity indicators may have been further developed in the intervening period.

Advice on United Kingdom biodiversity Indicators and Targets for the MSFD, report to the Defra August 2011 version 1, Moffat et al.
Report ”UKMMAS_FinalReport_BiodivTargetsIndicators_v1” and Annex “UKMMAS_FinalReport_BiodivTargetsIndicators_Annexes_v1”

This report summarises the combined thoughts and deliberations of many UK marine scientists and policy makers with respect to defining the most appropriate targets and indicators which can be applied to the three biodiversity descriptors (D1, D4 and D6) for Good Environmental Status (GES). The evidence base comes from the peer reviewed literature and a considerable amount of expert judgement. In addition, over the last 6 months, thoughts have been developed, ideas carefully considered and comparisons made with on-going development of targets and indictors for the other 8 descriptors of GES. The product of this process is this report with its extensive Annexes, including an amalgamated data sheet which contains all the proposed targets and indictors, including criterion targets. This report and its contents provide a sound foundation on which to take forward the establishment of targets and indicators as part of the UK marine strategy being developed in response to the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

This report has been produced through funding provided by members of the UK Marine Strategy Framework Directive Biodiversity Indicators Research and Development Funders' Group. This Group was formed to assist with funding and oversee research required to develop biodiversity related indicators for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and is supported by the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Sea Evidence Group (HBDSEG) . The Funders' Group consists of representatives from the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government, Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland, Marine Scotland, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and the Chair of HBDSEG.

Report from the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) Workshop: The potential use of mapped extent and distribution of habitats as indicators of Good Environmental Status (GES)
M. Frost, W.G. Sanderson, C. Vina-Herbon, R.J. Lowe (March 2013)

“The Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG) has been tasked with providing the technical advice for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) with respect to descriptors linked to biodiversity. A workshop was held in London in March 2013 to address one of the Research and Development (R&D) proposals entitled: ‘Mapping the extent and distribution of habitats using acoustic and remote techniques, relevant to indicators for area/extent/habitat loss.’ The aim of this workshop was to identify, define and assess the feasibility of potential indicators of benthic habitat distribution and extent, and identify the R&D work which could be required to fully develop these indicators.

This report summarises the issues and points of advice raised at the workshop on a per habitat basis and overall. The key conclusion was that although indicators linked to spatial extent and distribution are theoretically useful for assessing Good Environmental Status (GES), it is clear that there are still many technical aspects of marine habitat mapping that still need to be resolved if meaningful cost-effective spatial indicators are to be developed. The points of advice raised at this workshop will be used to develop a prioritised list of actions to inform the next round of R&D proposals for benthic habitat indicator development for 2014 and beyond.”

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : MSFD Habitat Extent & Distribution Workshop Report - March 2013   (2642k)
• FRP - Final Report : UKMMAS_FinalReport_BiodivTargetsIndicators_v1   (2594k)
• ANX - Annex : UKMMAS FinalReport BiodivTargetsIndicators Annexes v1   (2639k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2014

Cost: £1
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Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine