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Goals vs. ecosystem quality objectives

In the context of IW Projects, a number of different goal/objective setting approaches have been used in the TDA/SAP process. However, two have been predominant:

  • Ecosystem Quality Objective (EcoQO) approach[1]

Both approaches are valid and as stated before will depend on the type of system and the cultural, political and economic realities of the region. However, for the purposes of this Wiki, a process using goals in conjunction with objectives will be described although the process could easily be adapted for developing EcoQOs/ECOs/WROs.

[1] OSPAR Commission, 2009, EcoQO Handbook: Handbook for the application of EcoQOs in the North Sea