MSFD | WFD | FFH | Natura 2000

Studies on MSFD-, WFD-, FFH- and Natura 2000 topics

 

2017

UmweltPlan GmbH Stralsund
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000) area DE 1544-302 „Westrügensche Boddenlandschaft mit Hiddensee“ in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the marine present habitat types of the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) „Westrügensche Boddenlandschaft mit Hiddensee“ (Rügen Island, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) are to be recorded and assessed. According to this, a survey of flora and fauna species is performed in the FFH area DE 1544-302. Subsequently the overall status of the habitat type is assessed based on its species composition, habitat structures and the current impairment. The resulting assessment of the conversation status is used to develop measures for the management plan.

UmweltPlan GmbH Stralsund
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000) area DE 1749-302 „Greifswalder Boddenrandschwelle und Teile der Pommerschen Bucht“ in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the marine present habitat types of the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) „Greifswalder Boddenrandschwelle und Teile der Pommerschen Bucht“ (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) are to be recorded and assessed. According to this, a survey of flora and fauna species is performed in the FFH area DE 1749-302. Subsequently the overall status of the habitat type is assessed based on its species composition, habitat structures and the current impairment. The resulting assessment of the conversation status is used to develop measures for the management plan.

State Agency for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG)
Adaptation and testing of the assessment regarding the quality element macrozoobenthos (MarBIT, BQI) for MSFD and HELCOM in outer coastal waters of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein
Project start 2016

The assessment of the invertebrate marine fauna (macrozoobenthos) is required for the evaluation of the coastal waters of the German Baltic Sea in accordance with the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56 / EC) (MSFD) and HELCOM. The method Marine Biotic Index Tool (MarBIT) is applied as a standard method for the evaluation of the coastal waters of the German Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (MV) and Schleswig-Holstein (SH), this according to the guidelines of the Water Framework Directive for the quality component macrozoobenthos. Since this method has hitherto exclusively been applied to coastal waters up to the 1-nautical mile (assessment of the ecological status under WFD), an adaptation to the total coastal waters up to the 12-nautical mile has to be made for the ecological assessment during the implementation of the monitoring programme of the MSFD and the HELCOM. Furthermore, the Benthic Quality Index (BQI) recommended by the HELCOM for the evaluation of the Baltic Sea should be tested and a comparison of the methodology and assessment of MarBIT and BQI is to be carried out. This also requires an update of the BLMP taxa list for the German Baltic Sea.

Umweltbüro Essen
Brief description of biological assessment tools to assess the ecological state of macrophytes (BALCOSIS, PHYBIBCO) and macrozoobenthos (MarBIT) in inner and outer coastal waters of the Baltic Sea according to WFD
Project start 2016 - FKZ 3714 24 221 0

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
Development of an assessment tool for reefs according to MSFD and habitat directive (FFH)
Project start 2016

Reefs are valuable marine habitats and therefore preservation management is needed. According to this, for the State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas in Schleswig-Holstein (LLUR-SH) MarLim performs an assessment system for reefs in the North and Baltic Sea. The aim here is to test and summarize the aspects of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSRL) as well as the criteria of the European Fauna Flora Habitat Directive (FFH) for the assessment of reefs.

 

2016

UmweltPlan GmbH Stralsund
Development of monitoring for biogenic reefs of the Schleswig-Holstein shallow waters

UmweltPlan GmbH Stralsund
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000-)area DE 2049-302 „Peeneunterlauf, Peenestrom, Achterwasser und Kleines Haff“ in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the marine present habitat types of the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) “Peeneunterlauf, Peenestrom, Achterwasser und Kleines Haff“ (Usedom Island, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) are to be recorded and assessed. According to this, a survey of flora and fauna species is performed in the FFH area DE 2049-302. Subsequently the overall status of the habitat type is assessed based on its species composition, habitat structures and the current impairment. The resulting assessment of the conversation status is used to develop measures for the management plan.

UmweltPlan GmbH Stralsund
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000-)area DE 1647-303 „Granitz“ in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the marine habitat types present in the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) “Granitz“ (Rügen Island, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) are to be recorded and assessed. According to this, MARILIM performs a survey of flora and fauna species in the FFH area DE 1647-303. Subsequently the overall status of the habitat type “Reef” is assessed based on its species composition, habitat structures and the current impairment. The resulting assessment of the conversational status is used to develop measures for the management plan.

UmweltPlan GmbH Stralsund
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000-)area DE 1648-302 „Süd-Ost Rügen“ in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the marine habitat types present in the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) “Süd-Ost Rügen“ (Rügen Island, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) are to be recorded and assessed. According to this, a survey of flora and fauna species is performed in the FFH area DE 1648-302. Subsequently the overall status of the habitat type is assessed based on its species composition, habitat structures and the current impairment. The resulting assessment of the conversation status is used to develop measures for the management plan.

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
WFD, BalticGIG: Intercalibration of WFD-assessment systems within the Baltic Sea as BalticGIG-Coordinator
Project start 2013

 

2015

Großenbrode Tourismus Service und Grundstücks GmbH & Co. KG, Großenbrode in SH
Nearshore biological investigations at the beach of Großenbrode

In the offshore sediment area off Großenbrode sand filling as well as the construction and upgrade of groins is planned within coastal protection measures. The project may affect the submarine area, which is part of the FFH area “Küstenlandschaft vor Großenbrode und vorgelagerte Meeresgebiete“ (FFH DE 1632-392). Therefore, an investigation of the planning area is required, with respect to protected biotopes according to the Federal Act for the Protection of Nature (§ 30 BNatSchG) and the FFH habitat types.

Heiligenhafener Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH & Co. KG, Heiligenhafen in SH
Nearshore biological investigations at the beach of Heiligenhafen

In the offshore sediment area off the sandspits “Steinwarder” and “Graswarder” near Heiligenhafen sand filling as well as the removal of stone groins is planned within coastal protection measures. The project may affect the submarine area, which is part of the FFH area “Meeresgebiet der östlichen Kieler Bucht“ (FFH DE 1631-392). Therefore, an investigation of the planning area is required, with respect to protected biotopes according to the Federal Act for the Protection of Nature (§ 30 BNatSchG) and the FFH habitat types.

State Agency for Agriculture and Environment (StALU) Vorpommern, Ueckermünde
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000-)area FFH-Gebiet DE 1446-302 „Nordrügensche Boddenlandschaft“ in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the marine habitat types present in the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) „Nordrügensche Boddenlandschaft“ (Rügen Island, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) are to be recorded and assessed. According to this, a survey of flora and fauna species is performed in the FFH area DE 1446-302. Subsequently the overall status of the habitat type “Lagoon” is assessed based on its species composition, habitat structures and the current impairment. The resulting assessment of the conversation status is used to develop measures for the management plan.

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN))
MSFD: Implementation of the eco-systematic approach of the “Marine Strategy Framework Directive”
Project start 2009 - FKZ 3708 25 200

 

2013

State Agency for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG)
Evaluation of the WFD-assessment systems MarBIT and ELBO

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
Evaluation of the WFD-assessment system BALCOSIS

UmweltPlan GmbH, Stralsund
FFH: Mapping and assessment of marine habitat types in the FFH-(Natura 2000-)area DE 2031-301 “Coast of Klützer Winkel, Lagoon of Dassow and Estuary Trave“ as part of the establishment of a management plan

Within the development of a management plan the present marine habitat types of the protected area (FFH area, German: FFH-Gebiet) „Küste Klützer Winkel und Ufer von Dassower See und Trave“ are to be recorded and assessed. MariLim performs investigations in the area called „Klützer Winkel“, which is located between the Hanseatic cities of Lübeck and Wismar and forms a peninsula into the Mecklenburg Bight. We collect and assess data regarding the structure of habitats and their characteristic species composition, which then become part of the management plan to be developed by the company UmweltPlan GmbH.

A management plan defines required actions for the preservation of habitat types and species. This kind of management plans is especially set up for areas with a high potential for conflicts between the requirements of nature conversation and current use, i.e. by tourism, agriculture etc. Next to the collection of data, also measures to protect and preserve the FFH area are developed and set into action. The set up plan is represents binding aims for the nature conservation authority when it comes to conservation and preservation. All measures are supposed to be developed and set into action by consensus of all stakeholders (users, owners, municipalities etc.).

Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
MSFD: Development of indicators for the descriptor invasive species as part of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in Germany
Project start 2012

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
MSFD, HELCOM: Development of indicators for the descriptor biodiversity in the scope of the Baltic Sea Action Plan and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Delegation of benthic habitat experts to workshops and data supply within the HELCOM CORESET-project
Project start 2010

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
WFD, BalticGIG: Intercalibration of WFD-assessment systems for the quality element macrozoobenthos within the Baltic Sea. Delegation to workshops and group leadership
Project start 2006

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
WFD, BalticGIG: Intercalibration of WFD-assessment systems for the quality element macrophytes within the Baltic Sea. Delegation to workshops
Project start 2010

 

2012

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
WFD: Zoobenthos monitoring in coastal waters of Schleswig-Holstein, ecological assessment of soft bottom and phytal fauna using MarBIT assessment system

This year, for the first time a sampling of soft bottom fauna was conducted in the river Schlei to perform an assessment of the macrozoobenthos according to the standard operating procedure of the Water Framework Directive. For the water body “inner Schlei” a moderate status was identified, the water bodies “middle Schlei” and “Schleimünde” were assessed with being in a good status. The results are to be considered as far too good for highly burdened waters as the Schlei is, and do not represent the current status of impairment. A revision of the assessment model is desired.

 

2011

State Agency for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas (LLUR)
WFD: Testing of macrophyte WFD-assessment systems from Denmark, Poland and Estonia in German coastal waters as „Intercalibration exercise”
Project start 2010

 

2008

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU) and State Agency for Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG)
WFD: Standard operating procedure for monitoring of outer coastal waters in the Baltic Sea according to the WFD assessment (quality component: macrophytes)

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and marine research (AWI), Department Helgoland
WFD: Further development and testing of the MarBIT WFD-assessment system for the water body Helgoland

National Association of Water and Land communities Schleswig-Holstein (LWBV)
WFD: Validation of the risk assessment of the river basin district Schlei/Trave (practical test of the proposed monitoring procedure)
Project start 2006

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
WFD: Assessment of macrozoobenthos in coastal waters of Schleswig-Holstein in 2006 and 2007. Validation of reference taxa lists for the WFD-assessment system MarBIT

 

2007

BioConsult SH GmbH & Co. KG
WFD: Further development and testing of the MarBIT WFD-assessment system for eulittoral blue mussel beds in the Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein

Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN)
WFD: Assessment of macrozoobenthos in coastal waters of the river basin districts Weser and Elbe. Testing of a MarBIT-extension

Client: State Agency for Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG)
WFD: Assessment of macrozoobenthos in coastal waters of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Validation of reference taxa lists for the WFD-assessment system MarBIT

 

2006

National Association of Water and Land communities Schleswig-Holstein (LWBV)
WFD: Structural quality mapping of rivers within the river basin district Schlei/Trave according to the WFD monitoring procedures

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
WFD: Testing of the proposed macrophyte WFD-assessment system in Schleswig-Holstein: inner and outer coastal waters

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
WFD: Preparation of a peer-reviewed publication about the WFD-assessment approach MarBIT

University Rostock
WFD: Development of a WFD-assessment system and a monitoring strategy for the biological component macrozoobenthos of the German Baltic Sea
BMBF project, FKZ: 0330678

 

2005

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
WFD: Development of a WFD-assessment system for macrozoobenthos of the Baltic Sea

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
WFD: Testing of the proposed macrophyte WFD-assessment system in Schleswig-Holstein: Inner coastal waters

State Agency for Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG)
WFD: 2nd testing of the proposed macrophyte WFD-assessment system in the Bodden areas (inner coastal waters) of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

 

2004

State Agency for Environment, Nature Conservation and Geology (LUNG)
WFD: 1st testing of the proposed macrophyte WFD-assessment system in the Bodden areas (inner coastal waters) of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Parks and Garden Department, City Kiel
FFH: Investigations for the potential of the marine part of the FFH-(Natura 2000-)area of the former military site Hasselfelde

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
WFD: Investigations of shore- and aquatic vegetation in eleven lakes in Schleswig-Holstein WFD monitoring, test phase)

 

2003

Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Agriculture Schleswig-Holstein (MUNL) and Ministry of Environment Lower Saxony (MU)
WFD: Exemplary development of a pilot-study according to the WFD-guidelines. Determination and assessment of impacts in surface water bodies using the example estuary Elbe

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
FFH: Development of digital maps showing FFH-(Natura 2000-)area proposals for fish fauna in Schleswig-Holstein
Project start 2002

 

2000

State Agency for Agriculture, Nature and Environment (LANU)
FFH: Updating the occurrences of lamprey and fish species (listed in Annex II of FFH-guideline) in FFH-(Natura 2000-)area proposals

 

 

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