Data, maps and tools

EU Marine Regions and Sub-regions. Source EEA


The Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other environmental (water) policies, require Member States to set up, collect and report data (the so called "reporting obligations") that, once further elaborated, quality-controlled and harmonised become the essential basis for the assessment of the European environmental status and of the policies' effectiveness. These data are also the foundations to build the knowledge aims at securing the present and future protection of the humans and environment.

Products derived by data, like dashboards, maps, etc. are meant to be used for several purposes, as integral part of the indicators, as communication means and as support working materials before, during and after the assessment phases, where they help the policy makers in navigating and interpreting the data, in making conclusions, or finding knowledge gaps.

In this section

This section is composed by two main sections:

  • Other data sources and visualisation tools: providing the access to data sources and tools on themes related to the implementation of other Directives in the marine environment, as well as maps and indicators that have been developed at the European or regional level