WGEAWESS: Integrated Ecosystems Assessment of the Western European Shelf Seas
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integrated ecosystem assessment
integrated trend analysis
Traditionally, integrated ecosystem assessment (IEA) has been developed regionally using different strategies and tools, leading to problems of comparability and integration and even different assessments of status (e.g. GES) across shared boundaries. WGEAWESS undertakes IEA throughout the western European shelf seas to support ecosystem-based management (EBM) measures at the local, national, regional and EU levels. Relevant to key EU Directives (e.g. MSFD, WFD & CFP), IEA makes explicit links between human activities and ecosystem health, assessing the scale of impact and recovery, enabling targeted management and mitigation measures. Employing a combination of integrated trend analyses to generate time series of pressures and impacts, semi-quantitative methods to fill data gaps and inform future research effort, and reviewing and updating existing ecosystem models throughout the regions, WGEAWESS reviews and assesses patterns of human activities, their pressures, and ecosystem components ...
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