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Ecological status of coastal waters generally good

Target

1.1 Norwegian ecosystems will achieve good status and deliver ecosystem services.

Indicator

Ecological status and trends for the following major ecosystems: marine and coastal waters, rivers and lakes, wetlands, forest, mountains and cultural landscapes (see the Norwegian Nature Index and the Water Management Regulations)
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Are we moving in the right direction? Published by the Norwegian Environment Agency

This indicator for coastal waters is based on the requirements of the Water Management Regulations, which  incorporate the EU Water Framework Directive into Norwegian law. An indicator based on the Norwegian Nature Index is described here.

The ecological status of Norway’s coastal waters is generally good, with little deviation from natural conditions. We therefore expect the target of good ecological and chemical status to be achieved by 2021 for most coastal water bodies. However, for some water bodies, especially those close to densely populated areas, it is unlikely that the target will be achieved unless further action is taken to improve the situation.

Water bodies are placed in one of the categories ‘at risk’, ‘not at risk’ or ‘insufficient data’ by assessing whether the phytoplankton and macroalga flora and the benthic fauna correspond to what would be expected in undisturbed conditions, or how far they have been altered by pressure from human activity. Water bodies categorised as ‘not at risk’ are expected to achieve the target of good ecological status by the 2021 deadline.

The data used in the figures above have been obtained during the process of implementing the EU Water Framework Directive in Norway. Assessments of ecological status and the extent to which good ecological status is being achieved may change over time as more information becomes available.