Marine SDI, INSPIRE and the EU Marine Directives Workshop

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4 September, 2017 - 8 September, 2017

The workshop introduces the reporting requirements of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSPD), specifically regarding marine information components of national SDIs and INSPIRE compliant data in the coastal and marine information sectors. Significant challenges exist regarding coastal data sets of importance to MSFD and MSPD, which typically contain data from multiple INSPIRE themes. Some data required for MSFD and MSPD reporting is not included in the current INSPIRE specification, which raises additional questions and challenges regarding pan-European data harmonisation for compliance with these Directives. Existing good practice will be presented based on recent research into how European NMCAs and Hydrographic Offices (HOs) are contributing to the objectives of achieving a pan-European SDI based on INSPIRE specifications. Cross-border issues are especially relevant since the marine and coastal environments do not respect national boundaries.

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