Methodologies regarding Economic and Social Analyses and Impact Assessments of Measures including Cost-Benefit-Analyses in the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC - MSFD) obliges the EU Member States to achieve or maintain “Good Environmental Status” (GES) in their marine environments by 2020 at the latest. For the purpose of achieving or maintaining GES, marine strategies containing programs of measures shall be developed and implemented in order to protect and preserve the marine environment, prevent its deterioration or, where practicable, restore marine ecosystems in areas where they have been adversely affected. Prior to implementing such measures, however, the MSFD requires the Member States to conduct Impact Assessments, including Cost-Benefit-Analyses (CBA). In this context, the project aims at generating information about the economic benefits associated with marine protection measures, developing a methodology to quantify the benefits of such measures in order to include these into a CBA, in a practical and understandable way.

Duration:     2010-2012
Funding:     German Environment Agency (UBA, FKZ 3710 25 202)
Partners:     InterSus Sustainability Services, Berlin; Fresh Thoughts Consulting, Vienna, Stuttgart University - Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use; GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; TU Berlin
Kontakt:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Dr. Christine Bertram (IfW)