Next Steps for Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme implementation in the Mediterranean
The delivery of 2017 MED QSR is a unique MAP achievement based on joint and integrated efforts of the Contracting Parties, Secretariat, MAP Components and Partners.
The 2017 MED QSR is based on available existing studies, research publications, reports and expert inputs from Contracting Parties and other experts, including information related to national reports on the implementation of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, implementation of the National Action Plans (NAPs), Coastal Area Management Programmes (CAMPs). Data from the MEDPOL database were used for the two assessments for EO5 (Eutrophication) and EO9 Common Indicator 17 Concentration of key harmful contaminants measured in the relevant matrix.
The lack of a complete database for the 23 Common Indicators included in the Integrated Monitoring Assessment Programme (IMAP) adopted in 2016, provided a challenge in the compilation of the assessments for each indicator and drafting of the QSR2017. However, there is an increasing body of research and knowledge on the Mediterranean marine and coastal environment, mostly through local, national and some regional projects and initiatives that have provided a good picture of the current status, but more than often lacking temporal trends and data full coverage of areas beyond the coastal zone.
The 2017 MED QSR provided therefore an opportunity to assess current knowledge and identify gaps to be further addressed in the future. Through systematic compilation of the Assessment Factsheets for all IMAP Common Indicators, it provides the findings on the status of implementation of the appropriate assessment methods, identifies the status of information availability that are necessary for evaluation of the IMAP Common Indicators, provides the findings related to the status of marine and coastal ecosystems and where possible, identifies, where possible, the trends that are expressed through qualitative and quantitative assessment, including the graphics and animations as appropriate. It also determines the knowledge gaps and defines key directions to overcome them with the aim to enable successful implementation of the initial phase of IMAP (2016-2019). For each cluster it provides the case studies that have been prepared and submitted by the Contracting Parties and/or Partners.