The marine and coastal areas of Europe are under severe pressure from both land-based and sea/ocean-based pollution sources. To address this and secure an integrated approach to protecting European coasts and marine waters, the EU has adopted two specialised instruments: the 2002 EU Recommendation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), and the 2008 Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).
In this context, within project ECRAN, Human Dynamics has delivered on 27–29 October in Skopje, Macedonia, a thematic regional training workshop for officials from the Ministries of Environment and related institutions responsible for transposition and implementation of the MSFD, ICZM and EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) from the EU candidate countries.
The workshop has aimed to strengthen the national capacities of EU-candidates to effectively address implementation challenges and implications related to the MSFD and ICZM in the process of attaining the WFD objectives by providing participants with more tools and a deeper understanding of how to implement these instruments.
Specifically, the workshop has focused on the:
The workshop builds on the groundwork of two prior ECRAN workshops: