Risk Based Approach to Good Environmental Status (RAGES)

Risk-based Approaches to Good Environmental Status (RAGES) is a two-year project funded by DG Environment to support implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The project comprises a consortium of partners from Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal, these include the MSFD competent authorities from each country.The study area includes three sub-regions: The Celtic Seas, the Bay of Biscay and Iberian Coasts and Macaronesia.

Uncertainty is an integral part of managing environmental systems and management in the face of uncertainty is a foundational concept in the application of adaptive or ecosystem-based management. In many cases the response of a specific system to a management action may not be the intended one, under such uncertainty adaptive management or “learning by doing" is required. RAGES to develop international best practice in risk management (ISO 30000, ISO3010) and work toward common approaches for second cycle of MSFD implementation.

RAGES Project Factsheet

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Jan 2019


Dec 2020

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Dr. Tim O Higgins


Climate Action, Healthy Environment



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