ActionMED: Best practices for action plans to develop integrated, regional monitoring programmes, coordinated programmes of measures and addressing data and knowledge gaps in coastal and marine waters


MBP Project leader: dr. Borut Mavrič

Lead Partner: HCMR - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

Code: 006/HCMR - ActionMED

Duration: 1.11.2015 - 31.1.2017





This is a European-funded project fully named “Action Plans for Integrated Regional Monitoring Programmes, Coordinated Programmes of Measures and Addressing Data and Knowledge Gaps in Mediterranean Sea”. The project started in November 2015 and has a duration of 15 months. The main objective of the ActionMed project is to support the development of regional action plans and best practices for the integrated monitoring programmes, coordinated programmes of measures and the filing of data gaps for Mediterranean marine waters and thereby improve the implementation in the next steps of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).


Specifically, the project aims to:


  • Tackle the most relevant issues at a regional level, so as to enable a systematic solution of current gaps and shortcomings in relation to Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the MSFD and building on ongoing regional and EU work
  • Develop strategies/methodologies for ongoing assessment of Biodiversity indicators
  • Set the basis for coherent design and implementation of MSFD monitoring programmes
  • Assist EU Member States in the Mediterranean in their work on programme of measures and where necessary, to develop project and investment plans
  • Establish an information management system to allow relevant knowledge and data to be updated on a regular basis and used by the Regional Sea Conventions, the European Environment Agency and other interested users for their purposes