Scope of the MESH Project

The MESH Project began in 2004 and is made up of a consortium of twelve partners from five European countries led by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), with financial support from the EC’s INTERREG IIIB NWE Programme.  The MESH partnership draws together scientific and technical habitat-mapping skills, expertise in data collation and its management, and proven practical experience in the use of seabed-habitat maps for environmental management within national regulatory frameworks. 
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Increased pressure on the marine environment from human activities was creating a demand for more information about the nature of the seabed and its associated biodiversity to help our management of these activities. Trying to implement existing legislation such as the EC Habitat Directive and the EC Water Framework Directive, and inform new policy initiatives such as the EC Marine Thematic Strategy was also creating a demand for spatial information in the marine environment. These demands provided the context for a group of organisations to get together and design the MESH Project.
Over the last four years MESH has created a structure to collate and improve habitat maps at a national level, contributing in turn to the compilation and aggregation of data at international level.  MESH project outputs intend to contribute to the development of emerging marine planning mechanisms, by providing accurate, repeatable and standardised methodologies for data collection and interpretation.  MESH focuses on establishing standards to produce a framework for quality seabed mapping into the future. Many of the tools and guides can be used to facilitate data sharing and therefore add value to marine survey data you already possess. The products and tools available through this website, cover a wide range of mapping issues and hopefully are useful to anyone engaged in coastal and offshore survey work with the aim of producing seabed habitat maps.  
This section of the website gives a full overview of the MESH project from the background that addresses the policy and management drivers, through how the work programmes were organised and how outputs for each action were successfully delivered. 
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