European Marine Strategy Framework Directive
The aim of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is to protect and restore the European seas and oceans and promote their sustainable use.
The MSFD obliges every European Member State to draw up a Marine Strategy. This strategy must focus on the protection, preservation and restoration of the marine environment (a good environmental status), where sustainable use of the North Sea is also guaranteed. The Member States must take the necessary measures in their marine waters to achieve this aim. To do this, they must work together as EU Member States as well as with other countries in their marine region. The Framework Directive recommends as much use of existing regional marine conventions as possible.