STAGES Final Workshop: From Knowledge Generation to Knowledge Application – How can we bridge the gap and ensure efficient management and uptake of research knowledge to support MSFD Implementation?

The final STAGES workshop was held on Thursday 19th June 2014, in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop presented the key results and recommendations arising from the STAGES project, and its applications to various stakeholders and target users tasked with MSFD implementation. The outputs generated from STAGES included:

  • STAGES knowledge included in the Marine Knowledge Gate (WP2)
  • Knowledge gaps and research needs workshop reports (WP3)
  • Policy brief (WP3)
  • Recommendations and report on best practice in science policy interface platforms (WP4)

Presentations from the workshop are be available here.


Work Package 3: Knowledge Gaps Assessment and Foresight Workshops

European Member States with marine territories are required to implement measures to ensure that their marine waters achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020.  Defining what actually constitutes GES is a significant challenge for Member States.  The MSFD outlines 11 key qualitative descriptors of GES to assess the marine environment.  These descriptors are intended to provide guidance on achieving overall GES status. Although significant advances are being made in marine research which can support environmental assessment, there is a significant knowledge deficit for certain descriptors which may influence implementation of the MSFD and the achievement of GES in European waters.  In an effort to improve the current scientific understanding for assessing GES, STAGES organised three workshops to understand where knowledge gaps exist. These workshops were;

  • The identification of research needs with regard to the implementation of Monitoring programmes, 13-15 May, 2013, Brussels.  Access the presentations here
  • Research needs with regard to the Pressures and their Impact on Marine Ecosystems, 4-5 September, 2013, Rome. Access the presentationshere
  • Research needs with regard to the socio-economic analysis under the marine Strategy Framework Directive, 9-11 October, 2013, Ispra. Access the presentations here

The aim of the workshops was to highlight where specific knowledge gaps occur for the five Thematic Groups - Biodiversity, Contaminants & Nutrients, Disturbances, Commercially Exploited Fish Group, and Hydrographical Conditions.  Results from the workshops are presented thematically highlighting where specific knowledge gaps occur and providing short-term, medium-term and long-term recommendations for further research which can inform future research programmes, as well as managers and decision makers.  The three workshop reports can be downloaded below.



Work Package 4: Building a  Science Policy Interface to support MSFD Implementation Workshop

 STAGES aims to improve the transfer of scientific knowledge to those with responsibility for implementing the MSFD. One of the key outputs of STAGES will be a concept for a durable but flexible European Science Policy Interface (SPI) to support MSFD implementation in the long-term. STAGES has conducted a Stakeholder Consultation to collect the views and needs of a broad range of MSFD stakeholders from science, industry, civil society, NGOs, and the national MSFD competent authorities and implementing agencies.

The joint STAGES and DEVOTES Consultation Workshop Building a Science Policy Interface to Support MSFD Implementation was held on 12 February 2014 in Brussels.  The Workshop was a combination of short presentations setting the scene and structured discussions to address issues such as optimum SPI mechanisms, extracting MSFD-relevant knowledge and dealing with geographical scale. The discussions and views collected will be used to directly inform the development of a STAGES proposal for a durable long-term European SPI to support implementation of the MSFD.

Presentations and Discussion documents from the workshop will be available here.






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