International Operation and Integration
By reason of the transboundary nature of the marine environment, Member States need to cooperate to ensure the coordinated development of marine strategies for each marine region or subregion. Member States therefore strive to ensure that assessment methodologies are consistent across the marine region or subregion and that transboundary impacts and transboundary features are taken into account. All Member States need to identify for each marine region or subregion the types of characteristics for good environmental status that reflect the pressures and impacts of human activity. Based on selected indicators, Member States are required in 2014 to draw up coordinated marine environment status monitoring programmes that are consistent across the marine regions or subregions as well as an action programme by 2015.
IWRS representatives are participating in the coordination of content at the regional and at the EU levels.
1. Regional level of coordination within the framework of:
1. the Adriatic Commission,
2. the Barcelona Convention (UNEP/MAP) and the implementation of ECAP, the Adriatic Commission,
3. the Adriatic and the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative and
4. bilateral cooperation – SI/HR, SI/IT by individual content.
2. EU level of coordination within the framework of working groups:
1. WG GES (Good Environmental Status),
2. WG ESA (Economic and Social Assessment),
3. WG DIKE (Data, Information and Knowledge Exchange),
4. WG MSCG (Marine Strategic Coordination Group),
5. TG Waste,
6. TG Underwater Noise.