National overview: Latvia

Who is responsible for MSFD implementation?

MSFD Article Art. 7 Competent authorities
Report date 2013-04-30
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CA code (EU, national)
LVMSCA1
LVMSCA2
Acronym, Name (national)
VARAM: Ministry of Environmental protection and regional development (Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija; Reģistrācijas numurs: 90000028508)
LHEI: Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology (Latvijas Hidroekoloģijas Institūts)
Address
Peldu iela 25, Riga/Rīga, Latvija, LV-1494
Daugavgrīvas iela 8, Rīga/Rīga, Latvija, LV-1048
URL
www.varam.gov.lv
www.lhei.lv
Legal status
Cabinet of Ministers 29.03.2011. Regulations No. 233 “Regulations of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development”. Causing law: Law of the Republic of Latvia “Law on the Structure of Public Administration”. The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (hereinafter - the Ministry) is the leading public administration institution that develops policy in the following areas: 1.1. environment protection; 1.2. national development and regional development planning and coordination; 1.3. local government development and monitoring; 1.4. territorial development planning and land management; 1.5. introduction of the one-stop shop principle in the availability of state and local government services; 1.6. public investment; 1.7. e-government, information society and information technology in public administration. The Ministry is the highest authority for public administration institutions subordinate to the Ministry.
Delegated public body “Latvian Institute of Hydroecology” (hereinafter - LHEI) is a state scientific institute subordinated to the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 233 of 29.03.2011 “Regulations of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development”), which studies fundamental and practical problems related to the environment and ecology of the Baltic Sea (http://www.lhei.lv/lv/index.php). LHEI Regulations (16.07.2007) http://www.lhei.lv/docs/2008/Nolikums.pdf, issued in accordance with Article 21.2 (3) of the Law on Scientific Activity.
Responsibilities
2. ensures the planning, evaluation, implementation, monitoring and control of European Union funds and financial instruments, the Climate Change Financial Instrument, environmental protection and environmental infrastructure projects financed by foreign and other financial instruments, as well as projects aimed at achieving climate policy objectives
Monitoring the aquatic environment, biodiversity and resources, monitoring the marine environment, monitoring the transboundary transmission of marine waters and establishing monitoring methods
Reference
http://www.likumi.lv/doc.php?id=228051
http://www.likumi.lv/doc.php?id=143588
Membership
The Latvian Hydroecology Institute (LHEI) is a national scientific institute of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development studying fundamental and practical problems related to the Baltic Sea environment and ecology http://www.lhei.lv/lv/index.php. According to the Marine Environment Protection and Management Act (28.10.2010), the LHEI is responsible for the development of the preliminary assessment of the state of the marine environment, the determination of good environmental status of the marine environment and the development of marine environmental objectives, as well as the development and coordination of the implementation of the monitoring programme. The LHEI shall ensure public access to information related to the development and implementation of the marine strategy, as well as public participation, shall submit to the European Environment Agency the information contained in the marine assessment and obtained during the implementation of the marine environment monitoring programme.
Regional coordination
The Republic of Latvia is a member of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (Helsinki Commission, HELCOM): http://www.helcom.fi/. The Saeima ratified the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention) in 1994 (Law of 3 March 1994 “On the 1974 and 1992 Helsinki Conventions on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area”): http://www.likumi.lv/doc.php?id=58050). The Republic of Latvia is represented by HELCOM in the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. In order to promote the development and implementation of a coherent and coordinated marine strategy throughout the Baltic Sea Region, the Law on the Protection and Management of the Marine Environment (28.10.2010) sets out the principles of regional cooperation.
The Latvian Institute of Hydroecology participates in HELCOM working groups and projects to promote the development of harmonized and coordinated methods for assessing the state of the marine environment, setting marine objectives and related indicators, as well as the development and implementation of marine monitoring programs, thus promoting harmonized monitoring methods and monitoring. comparability of results throughout the Baltic Sea region in accordance with the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC.

Where is the MSFD implemented?

MSFD Article Art. 3(1) Marine waters
Report date 2018-06-21
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Member state marine waters
Latvian marine waters are waters located in the seaward direction from the baseline, from which the breadth of territorial waters is measured and extends to the furthest point in the area in which Latvia has jurisdiction - the waters of the territorial and exclusive economic zone. The Latvian continental shelf is the surface and subsurface of the seabed in underwater areas, which is a natural continuation of Latvia's land territory. Latvia's exclusive economic zone is the territory of the Baltic Sea, which is located immediately beyond the borders of Latvia's territorial sea. The borders of Latvia's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone with the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Sweden comply with the international agreements concluded by Latvia with the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Sweden. Latvia does not have an agreement on the sea border with the Republic of Lithuania.
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Areas for MSFD reporting

MSFD Article Art. 4/2017 Decision: Marine regions, subregions, and subdivisions
Report date 2018-06-21
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Region / subregion description
Latvia's sea waters form part of the Baltic Sea in two sub-regions - the Central Baltic (Baltic Proper) and the Gulf of Riga.
Subdivisions
No subdivisions
MRUs description (AreaType)
Reporting in relation to the requirements of Articles 8, 9 and 10 in Latvia is performed on the basis of the classification of surface water bodies in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 858 on the characterization, classification, quality criteria and procedure for determination of anthropogenic loads of surface water body types. There are 5 types of marine waters that have been identified for the implementation of the requirements of the Water Framework Directive: the transition waters of the Gulf of Riga, the rocky coast of the Gulf of Riga, the sandy coast of the Gulf of Riga, the open sandy coast of the Baltic Sea and the open rocky coast of the Baltic Sea. In addition, by agreement within HELCOM, the waters of the open part of the Baltic Sea and the open part of the Gulf of Riga are allocated to Latvia because they differ in both physical (salinity, depth, water exchange, oxygen regime) and biological (species composition) factors. The classification is already used in HELCOM assessments.
MRUs
Region or subregion Member state Area type Marine Reporting Unit MRU Name Art. 8-9-10 (2012) Art. 11 (2014) Art. 13-14 (2016) Art. 17 (8-9-10) (2018) Art. 18 (2019) Art. 17 (11) (2020)
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-001
Open stone coast of the south-east Baltic Sea
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-002
Open sand bank of the south-east Baltic Sea
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-005
Gulf of Riga transitional waters
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-006
Marine waters of Latvia
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-007
Waters of the Baltic Sea
Used
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-008
High Baltic Sea ? Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone Waters
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-009
Gulf of Riga waters
Used
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-010
West coast of the Gulf of Riga
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-011
Moderately exposed rocky coast of the Gulf of Riga
BAL LV SD_Subdivision BAL-LV-AAA-012
Central Gulf of Riga

Regional cooperation

MSFD Article Art. 5(2) and Art. 6 Regional cooperation
Report date 2018-06-21
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Region/ subregion
BAL
Art. 8 countries involved
PL, SE, EE, FI, DK, DE, LT
Art. 8 nature of coordination
The Art 8a,b. regional cooperation was carried out in cooperation with practically all HELCOM Member States in the framework of HELCOM. Information from previous HELCOM evaluations and the parameters used (indicators) were used to prepare the initial assessment. The HELCOM harmonised allocation of assessment units (landfills) was also used. Art 8c (1) National ESA approaches developed according to EC WG-ESA information and guidance document (2010). Compliance with the guidelines shall ensure the international coherence of the overall national approaches of ESA. (2) From January to May 2012, in the framework of the GES-REG project* (covering Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia) an examination and comparative analysis of the results of the national reports of the project countries was carried out, as well as discussions with national representatives on the coherence of approaches and results. On the basis of these results, some improvements were made to the approaches and results of the national ‘initial assessment’ of ESAs. Improvements have been included in the final version of the national report (as of July 2012). * INTERREG IV A Central Baltic Programme project 2007-2013 "GES-REG: Good environmental status through regional coordination and capacity building' (2011-2013). (3) Harmonisation of national approaches is continued under the GES-REG project, as well as participation in the work of the European WG-ESA.
Art. 8 regional coherence
Partial
Art. 8 regional coherence problems
Art 8a,b. Not all of the characteristics laid down in the Directive are available at that time. However, the Baltic Sea covers a wide geographical area with large differences. It is therefore not always possible to reach a common denominator for certain species or habitats that are not common to all Member States. Art 8c (1) At the time when national ESA approaches were developed (about June 2011), results from other countries were not yet available, in some neighbouring countries work on ESA had not even started. The coherence of the approaches was therefore largely ensured on the basis of information from the European WG-ESA. However, the WG-ESA guidelines contain a number of possible approaches for each ESA theme and there are differences between the countries used from the recommended approaches. (2) The choice of approaches is largely determined by the information available to carry out the analysis. Differences in ESA’s required information base in different countries limit the possibility of using the same approaches. (3) From the completion of the analysis in the Member States and the availability of more detailed information on approaches and results (in the GES-REG project region – February-March 2012), the time to finalisation of the reports was too short to achieve a more complete coherence of approaches. However, the exchange of experiences and discussions (in the framework of the GES-REG project) made it possible to improve coherence on specific methodological aspects/issues.
Art. 9 countries involved
PL, SE, EE, FI, DK, DE, LT
Art. 9 nature of coordination
The definition of GES was discussed at HELCOM meetings, which allowed the different countries to take stock of the experiences of other countries and to coordinate their approach as far as possible.
Art. 9 regional coherence
Partial
Art. 9 regional coherence problems
Different timing and different approaches.
Art. 10 countries involved
PL, SE, EE, FI, DK, DE, LT
Art. 10 nature of coordination
Working groups to establish indicators and their numerical values were initiated within HECOM.
Art. 10 regional coherence
Partial
Art. 10 regional coherence problems
The task was too time-consuming to achieve a result within the time available.

Uses and human activities and their pressures on marine environment

Title Analysis of predominant pressures and impacts, including human activity (Art. 8(1)(b))
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Uses and human activities (MSFD Annex III, Table 2b) Anthropogenic pressures on the marine environment (MSFD Annex III, Table 2a)
Biological Physical Substances, litter and energy
Non-indigenous species Microbial pathogens Genetically modified species & translocation Cultivation of species Disturbance of species Extraction of, or mortality/ injury to, species Physical disturbance Physical loss Changes to hydrological conditions Nutrients Organic matter Contaminants, incl. acute pollution events Litter Anthropogenic sound Other forms of energy Input of water
Physical restructuring of rivers, coastline or seabed (water management) All activities related to physical restructuring of rivers, coastline or seabed
Canalisation and other watercourse modifications
Coastal defence and flood protection
Land claim
Offshore structures (other than for oil/gas/renewables)
Restructuring of seabed morphology, including dredging and depositing of materials
  • Changes to hydrological conditions
Extraction of non-living resources All activities related to extraction of non-living resources
Extraction of minerals (rock, metal ores, gravel, sand, shell)
Extraction of oil and gas, including infrastructure
Extraction of salt
Extraction of water
Production of energy All activities related to production of energy
Transmission of electricity and communications (cables)
Non-renewable energy generation
Renewable energy generation (wind, wave and tidal power), including infrastructure
Extraction of living resources All activities related to extraction of living resources
Fish and shellfish harvesting (professional, recreational)
  • Extraction of, or mortality/injury to, wild species
  • Physical disturbance to seabed
Fish and shellfish processing
Hunting and collecting for other purposes
Marine plant harvesting
Cultivation of living resources Agriculture
All activities related to cultivation of living resources
Aquaculture - freshwater
Aquaculture - marine, including infrastructure
Forestry
Transport Transport - air
All activities related to transport
Transport infrastructure
Transport - land
Transport - shipping
Urban and industrial uses All urban and industrial uses
Industrial uses
Urban uses
Waste treatment and disposal
Tourism and leisure Tourism and leisure activities
  • Input of litter
All activities related to tourism and leisure
Tourism and leisure infrastructure
Security/defence Military operations (subject to Article 2(2))
Education and research Research, survey and educational activities

Pressures affecting environmental status

Title Assessments of current environental status and pressures and impacts (Art. 8(1)(a)(b))
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GES Descriptors Anthropogenic pressures on the marine environment (MSFD Annex III, Table 2a)
Biological Physical Substances, litter and energy
Non-indigenous species Microbial pathogens Genetically modified species & translocation Cultivation of species Disturbance of species Extraction of, or mortality/ injury to, species Physical disturbance Physical loss Changes to hydrological conditions Nutrients Organic matter Contaminants, incl. acute pollution events Litter Anthropogenic sound Other forms of energy Input of water
Pressure-based descriptors D2 Non-indigenous species
  • Input or spread of non-indigenous species
D5 Eutrophication
  • Input of nutrients
D7 Hydrographical changes
D8 Contaminants
  • Input of other substances
D9 Contaminants in seafood
  • Input of other substances
D10 Litter
  • Input of litter
D11 Energy, incl. underwater noise
  • Input of anthropogenic sound
State-based descriptors D1 Birds
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
  • All pressures
D1 Mammals
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Extraction of, or mortality/injury to, wild species
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
D1 Reptiles
D1 Fish
  • Extraction of, or mortality/injury to, wild species
  • Input of nutrients
D1 Cephalopods
D3 Commercial fish and shellfish
  • Extraction of, or mortality/injury to, wild species
D1 Pelagic habitats
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
D6 Sea-floor integrity/D1 Benthic habitats
  • Physical disturbance to seabed
  • Physical loss of the seabed
  • Input of nutrients
D4 Food webs/D1 Ecosystems
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
  • Unknown

Current environmental status and extent to which GES is achieved (as reported in 2018)

Title Assessments of current environental status and pressures and impacts (Art. 8(1)(a)(b))
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GES Descriptors Features Marine Reporting Unit GES extent achieved GES extent unit GES achieved
Pressure-based descriptors D2 Non-indigenous species
Newly-introduced non-indigenous species
BAL-LV-AAA-006
Number of newly-introduced species
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D5 Eutrophication
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-001
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-002
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-005
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-008
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-010
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-011
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
Eutrophication
BAL-LV-AAA-012
GES expected to be achieved later than 2020, Article 14 exception reported
D7 Hydrographical changes
Not reported
D8 Contaminants
Acute pollution events
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES achieved by 2018
Contaminants - UPBT substances
BAL-LV-AAA-007
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Contaminants - UPBT substances
BAL-LV-AAA-009
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D9 Contaminants in seafood
Contaminants - in seafood
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES achieved by 2018
D10 Litter
Litter in the environment
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D11 Energy, incl. underwater noise
Continuous low frequency sound
BAL-LV-AAA-006
Not assessed
State-based descriptors D1 Birds
Benthic-feeding birds
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Grazing birds
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Pelagic-feeding birds
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES achieved by 2018
Surface-feeding birds
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Wading birds
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D1 Mammals
Seals
BAL-LV-AAA-006
Not assessed
Seals
BAL-LV-AAA-007
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Seals
BAL-LV-AAA-009
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D1 Reptiles
Not reported
D1 Fish
Coastal fish
BAL-LV-AAA-007
GES achieved by 2018
Coastal fish
BAL-LV-AAA-009
GES achieved by 2018
Demersal shelf fish
BAL-LV-AAA-007
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Demersal shelf fish
BAL-LV-AAA-009
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Pelagic shelf fish
BAL-LV-AAA-007
GES achieved by 2018
Pelagic shelf fish
BAL-LV-AAA-009
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D1 Cephalopods
Not reported
D3 Commercial fish and shellfish
Commercially exploited fish and shellfish
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D1 Pelagic habitats
Pelagic broad habitats
BAL-LV-AAA-006
Not assessed
D6 Sea-floor integrity/D1 Benthic habitats
Benthic broad habitats
BAL-LV-AAA-006
GES achieved by 2018
Benthic broad habitats
BAL-LV-AAA-007
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
Benthic broad habitats
BAL-LV-AAA-009
GES expected to be achieved by 2020
D4 Food webs/D1 Ecosystems
Coastal ecosystem
BAL-LV-AAA-006
Not assessed

Environmental targets to achieve GES

Title Environmental targets (Art. 10)
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GES Descriptors Anthropogenic pressures on the marine environment (MSFD Annex III, Table 2a)
Biological Physical Substances, litter and energy
Non-indigenous species Microbial pathogens Genetically modified species & translocation Cultivation of species Disturbance of species Extraction of, or mortality/ injury to, species Physical disturbance Physical loss Changes to hydrological conditions Nutrients Organic matter Contaminants, incl. acute pollution events Litter Anthropogenic sound Other forms of energy Input of water
Pressure-based descriptors D2 Non-indigenous species
  • JVM1
D5 Eutrophication
  • JVM3
D7 Hydrographical changes
D8 Contaminants
  • JVM5
D9 Contaminants in seafood
D10 Litter
  • JVM6
D11 Energy, incl. underwater noise
  • JVM7
State-based descriptors D1 Birds
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
D1 Mammals
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
D1 Reptiles
D1 Fish
  • JVM2
  • JVM3
  • JVM2
  • JVM3
D1 Cephalopods
D3 Commercial fish and shellfish
  • JVM2
D1 Pelagic habitats
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
D6 Sea-floor integrity/D1 Benthic habitats
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
D4 Food webs/D1 Ecosystems
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1
  • JVM1

Measures to meet environmental targets and to achieve GES

Title Programme of measures (Art. 13)
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GES Descriptors Anthropogenic pressures on the marine environment (MSFD Annex III, Table 2a)
Biological Physical Substances, litter and energy
Non-indigenous species Microbial pathogens Genetically modified species & translocation Cultivation of species Disturbance of species Extraction of, or mortality/ injury to, species Physical disturbance Physical loss Changes to hydrological conditions Nutrients Organic matter Contaminants, incl. acute pollution events Litter Anthropogenic sound Other forms of energy Input of water
Pressure-based descriptors D2 Non-indigenous species
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
D5 Eutrophication
  • JVM3P1
  • JVM3P1b
  • JVM3P2
  • JVM3P3
  • JVM3P4
D7 Hydrographical changes
D8 Contaminants
  • JVM3P3
D9 Contaminants in seafood
D10 Litter
  • JVM6P1
  • JVM6P2
  • JVM6P3
  • JVM6P4
  • JVM6P5
D11 Energy, incl. underwater noise
  • TM1P3
State-based descriptors D1 Birds
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
D1 Mammals
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
D1 Reptiles
D1 Fish
  • Common fisheries poliy
  • JVM3P1
  • JVM3P1b
  • JVM3P2
  • JVM3P3
  • JVM3P4
  • Common fisheries poliy
  • JVM3P1
  • JVM3P1b
  • JVM3P2
  • JVM3P3
  • JVM3P4
D1 Cephalopods
D3 Commercial fish and shellfish
  • Common fisheries poliy
D1 Pelagic habitats
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
D6 Sea-floor integrity/D1 Benthic habitats
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
D4 Food webs/D1 Ecosystems
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3
  • JVM1P1
  • JVM1P2
  • JVM1P3

Exceptions reported when targets or GES cannot be achieved

Title Exceptions (Art. 14)
Access reports View reports
GES Descriptors Action or inaction for which MS is not responsible (Art. 14 (1a)) Natural causes (Art. 14 (1b)) Force majeure (Art. 14 (1c)) Physical modifications for overriding public interest (Art. 14 (1d)) Natural conditions preventing timely improvement (Art. 14 (1e)) No significant risk or disproportionate costs (Art. 14 (4))
Pressure-based descriptors D2 Non-indigenous species
D5 Eutrophication 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016 2016
D7 Hydrographical changes
D8 Contaminants
D9 Contaminants in seafood
D10 Litter
D11 Energy, incl. underwater noise
State-based descriptors D1 Birds
D1 Mammals
D1 Reptiles
D1 Fish
D1 Cephalopods
D3 Commercial fish and shellfish
D1 Pelagic habitats
D6 Sea-floor integrity/D1 Benthic habitats
D4 Food webs/D1 Ecosystems

Assessments of progress in MSFD implementation (Art. 12, 16) / 2012

Title Implementation of marine strategies (Art. 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18)
First cycle 2012-2017
Access reports View Art12 (8-9-10) report

Baltic Sea

Descriptor Article 9 - GES Determination Article 8 - Initial Assessment Article 10 - Environmental Targets
Pressure-based descriptors
D2 - Non-indigenous species
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
Inadequate (1)
D5 - Eutrophication
Partially adequate (2)
Partially adequate (2)
Partially adequate (2)
D7 - Hydrographical changes
Not reported (0)
Not reported (0)
Not reported (0)
D8 - Contaminants
Not reported (0)
Partially adequate (2)
Not reported (0)
D9 - Contaminants in seafood
Partially adequate (2)
Partially adequate (2)
Partially adequate (2)
D10 - Marine litter
Not reported (0)
Not reported (0)
Not reported (0)
D11 - Energy, incl. underwater noise
Not reported (0)
Not reported (0)
Not reported (0)
State-based descriptors
D1 - Biodiversity – birds
Inadequate (1)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – mammals
Inadequate (1)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – reptiles
Inadequate (1)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – fish
Inadequate (1)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – cephalopods
Inadequate (1)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
D3 - Commercial fish and shellfish
Partially adequate (2)
Partially adequate (2)
Partially adequate (2)
D1 - Biodiversity – pelagic habitats
Inadequate (1)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)
D6 - Sea-floor integrity/D1 Biodiversity - benthic habitats
Inadequate (1)
Inadequate/Partially adequate (1.5)
Inadequate (1)
D4 - Food webs/D1 Biodiversity - ecosystems
Not reported (0)
Partially adequate (2)
Inadequate (1)

Assessments of progress in MSFD implementation (Art. 12, 16) / 2018

Title Implementation of marine strategies (Art. 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18)
Second cycle 2018-2023
Access reports View Art12 (8-9-10) report

Baltic Sea

Descriptor Article 9 - GES Determination Article 8 - Initial Assessment Article 10 - Environmental Targets
Pressure-based descriptors
D2 - Non-indigenous species
Poor (2)
Good (3)
Poor (2)
D5 - Eutrophication
Poor (2)
Good (3)
Very poor (1)
D7 - Hydrographical changes
Very poor (1)
Very poor (1)
Very poor (1)
D8 - Contaminants
Poor (2)
Poor (2)
Poor (2)
D9 - Contaminants in seafood
Poor (2)
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
D10 - Marine litter
Very poor (1)
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
D11 - Energy, incl. underwater noise
Very poor (1)
Not reported (0)
Very poor (1)
State-based descriptors
D1 - Biodiversity – birds
Poor (2)
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – mammals
Poor (2)
Good (3)
Very poor (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – reptiles
Not relevant (-)
Not relevant (-)
Not relevant (-)
D1 - Biodiversity – fish
Poor (2)
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
D1 - Biodiversity – cephalopods
Not relevant (-)
Not relevant (-)
Not relevant (-)
D3 - Commercial fish and shellfish
Poor (2)
Good (3)
Poor (2)
D1 - Biodiversity – pelagic habitats
Very poor (1)
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
D6 - Sea-floor integrity/D1 Biodiversity - benthic habitats
Very poor (1)
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
D4 - Food webs/D1 Biodiversity - ecosystems
Poor (2)
Very poor (1)
Not reported (0)

Reporting history and performance

MSFD Article Files available Access to reports Report due Report received Difference (days)
MSFD report on Marine Region or Subregion competent authority or authorities
  • BALLV_MSFDCompAuth_20121214.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd8910/ballv/envumsa2g/ 2012-10-15 2012-12-19 -65
MSFD report on Marine Region or Subregion competent authority or authorities
  • LV_MSCA_20110428.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_ca/envtblfq/ 1900-01-01 2011-04-28 -40659
MSFD - Articles 8, 9 and 10 - XML data
  • msfd2018-ART10_Targets_1.xml
  • msfd2018-ART8_ESA.xml
  • msfd2018-ART8_GES.xml
  • msfd2018-ART9_GES_1.xml
  • msfd2018-Indicators_1.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_art17/2018reporting/xmldata/envxmcfsa/ 2018-10-15 2019-05-08 -205
MSFD - Articles 8, 9 and 10 - XML data
  • msfd2018-ART10_Targets_1.xml
  • msfd2018-ART8_ESA.xml
  • msfd2018-ART8_GES.xml
  • msfd2018-ART9_GES_1.xml
  • msfd2018-Indicators_1.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_art17/2018reporting/xmldata/envxkymla/ 2018-10-15 2019-04-11 -178
MSFD - Articles 8, 9 and 10 - XML data
  • msfd2018-ART10_Targets_1.xml
  • msfd2018-ART8_ESA.xml
  • msfd2018-ART9_GES_1.xml
  • msfd2018-Indicators_1.xml
https://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_art17/2018reporting/xmldata/envxjtpqw/ 2018-10-15 2019-03-28 -164
MSFD - Articles 8, 9 and 10 - Text reports
  • JurasESA2018_EsosoPasakNovert.xlsx
  • Juras_novertejuma_2018_ESA.pdf
  • Juras_novertejuma_2018_ESA_KOPSAVILKUMS.pdf
  • Juras_vides_novertejuma_KOPSAVILKUMS.pdf
  • Juras_vides_novertejums_2018.pdf
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_art17/2018reporting/textreport/envxhtzeg/ 2018-10-15 2019-02-26 -134
MSFD reporting on Initial Assessments (Art. 8), Good Environmental Status (Art.9), Env. targets & associated indicators (Art.10) & related reporting on geographic areas, regional cooperation and metadata.
  • MSFD10TI_20130430_215739.xml
  • MSFD4Geo_20130430_215405.xml
  • MSFD8aFeatures_20130430.xml
  • MSFD8bPressures_20130430.xml
  • MSFD8cESA_20130430_215502.xml
  • MSFD9GES_20130430_215711.xml
  • MSFDCompAuth_20130430_215329.xml
  • MSFDFeature_Overview_20130430_215815.xml
  • Response_completeness_check_LV_overview_main_issues_30April2013.pdf
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd8910/ballv/envuxvsq/ 2012-10-15 2013-04-30 -197
MSFD reporting on Initial Assessments (Art. 8), Good Environmental Status (Art.9), Env. targets & associated indicators (Art.10) & related reporting on geographic areas, regional cooperation and metadata.
  • MSFD10TI_20130109_112300_correct.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd8910/ballv/envuo02zq/ 2012-10-15 2013-01-09 -86
MSFD reporting on Initial Assessments (Art. 8), Good Environmental Status (Art.9), Env. targets & associated indicators (Art.10) & related reporting on geographic areas, regional cooperation and metadata.
  • BALLV_MSFD10TI_20121214.xml
  • BALLV_MSFD4Geo_20121214.xml
  • BALLV_MSFD8aFeatures_20121214.xml
  • BALLV_MSFD8bPressures_20121214.xml
  • BALLV_MSFD8cESA_20121214.xml
  • BALLV_MSFD9GES_20121214.xml
  • BALLV_MSFDFeature_Overview_20121214.xml
  • MSFD4_GeographicalAreasDescription_Latvia.zip
  • MSFD4_GeographicalAreasID_Latvia.zip
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd8910/ballv/envumsa2g/ 2012-10-15 2012-12-19 -65
MSFD reporting on Initial Assessments (Art. 8), Good Environmental Status (Art.9), Env. targets & associated indicators (Art.10) & related reporting on geographic areas, regional cooperation and metadata.
  • A_Sadala._Latvijas_Juras_vides_stavokla_apraksts.pdf
  • B_Sadala._Ekonomiska_un_sociala_analize.pdf
  • C-Sadala._Laba_vides_stavokla_kriteriji___indikatori_un_vertejums_Rigas_licim_un_Baltijas_jurai.pdf
  • D-_Sadala._Definetie_Latvijas_juras_udenu_vides_stavokla_merka_lielumi_un_aktuala_stavokla_novertejums..pdf
  • Degradacijas_zaudejumu_analize_Darba_plans_un_info_apkoposana_Tehn_Zin.pdf
  • Juras_novertejums_Bazes_scenarija_izstrade_Tehn_zin.pdf
  • Juras_novertejums_Degradacijas_zaudejumu_analize_Tehn_zin.pdf
  • Juras_novertejums_Juras_izmantosanas_ESA_Tehn_zin.pdf
  • Tehniskais_pielikums_laba_vides_stavokla_noteiksanas_metodes.pdf
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd8910/msfd4text/envumb2og/ 2012-10-15 2012-12-11 -57
MSFD monitoring programmes (Art. 11)
  • MSFD_monitoring_SUB-programmes__1.xml
  • MSFD_monitoring_programmes__1.xml
  • MSFD_xml.zip
  • Marine monitoring programme 2014-2020
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_mp/envvasdiw/ 2014-10-15 2014-12-05 -51
MSFD - Article 4 - Spatial data
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.cpg
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.dbf
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.prj
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.sbn
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.sbx
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.shp
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.shp.xml
  • BALLV_MarineReportingUnit_20180618.shx
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_art17/2018reporting/spatialdata/envwyviwa/ 2018-10-15 2018-06-21 +116
MSFD - Article 4 - Spatial data
  • BALLV_MSFD4Geo_20180618.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_art17/2018reporting/xmldata/envwyvnwq/ 2018-10-15 2018-06-21 +116
MSFD programmes of measures, including establishment of marine protected areas, and exceptions
  • Pasakumu_programma_likumi_lv_283518_13.07.2016.pdf
  • Prieksizpete_JSD_PP_Nosleguma_atskaite_20141222_gala.pdf
  • Priekslikumi_PP_NoslegumaZinojums.pdf
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_pom/msfd4text/envwb9uha/ 2016-03-31 2017-09-18 -536
MSFD programmes of measures, including establishment of marine protected areas, and exceptions
  • BALLV_Exceptions__1.xml
  • BALLV_Measures__1.xml
http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/lv/eu/msfd_pom/ballv/envvpfrg/ 2016-03-31 2016-10-14 -197