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STAGES aims to assist EU member states achieve GES and achieve the objectives of the MSFD

TITLE: Science and Technology Advancing Governance on Good Environmental Status
PROGRAMME: Coordination and Support Action, FP7
TOTAL BUDGET: €1,119,510
DURATION: September 2012 - September 2014
CONSORTIUM: 8 partners from 7 countries

European Union member states with marine territories are required to implement measures to ensure that their marine waters achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. The drive for healthier seas and oceans was conceived as part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which became European environmental legislation in 2008. Significant advances are being made in marine research that can (and will) underpin environmental assessments such as the MSFD. However, the full uptake of this marine knowledge is being hindered by the lack of effective interfaces between science and environmental policy.

STAGES is an EC-funded project that will directly address this knowledge gap through a series of targeted support activities that will develop additional scientific understanding for assessing GES and offer solutions to make this knowledge accessible, relevant and usable by policy-makers and stakeholders in the member states affected.


Cliona Ní Cheallacháin

Cliona supported the AQUATT led WP5 “Knowledge Transfer and Communication”. In combination with project partners Cliona ensured that the project, its deliverables and outputs were promoted and disseminated effectively to the appropriate target end-users of the knowledge resulting in uptake and application. AquaTT also played a major role in WP2, assisting in the analysis of the information collected on MSFD/GES related projects using the expertise and methodologies acquired from carrying out such work in other scientific domains (EC Projects: Marine Genomics for Users (Genomics projects), Aquainnova (Aquaculture projects), MarineTT (EC funded marine Projects). 

Contact Cliona about STAGES


Project Coordinator

Marisa Fernández Cañamero

Telephone: +34 986 247 047 Ext. 102



STAGES Coordinator

Centro Tecnológico del Mar (CETMAR)

The STAGES project factsheet is available to download HERE.

If you would like to know more about this project, visit the official STAGES website:


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