The ultimate objective of Gap I was to develop recommendations, guidelines and strategies for monitoring the impacts of an offshore hydrocarbon industry. The overarching objective of the second phase of the Gap project is the implementation of these guidelines and strategies, together with the establishment of a (financially) sustainable long-term monitoring programme necessary for this implementation, using the lessons learnt from Gap I on the most effective way of achieving this.
There are three main objectives for phase two
- Towards Long Term Monitoring and Sustainability
- Roadmap to Implementation of Strategies and Guidelines
- Continuing to Address Gaps in Knowledge
Objective 1: Towards Long Term Monitoring and Sustainability
Develop options for the implementation of a Long Term Monitoring Programme (LTMP), including a sustainable financial mechanism. Explore the interface amongst operators’ Environmental Monitoring and Management Plans (EMMP) and other extant Falkland Islands strategies to develop a broader, multi-sectoral environmental management and monitoring framework.
Objective 2: Roadmap to Implementation of Strategies and Guidelines
Refine Gap I outputs into strategy and guideline documents, and develop a step-wise process for their implementation.
Objective 3: Continuing to Address Gaps in Knowledge
Acquire and analyse data identified or generated in Gap I to continue addressing priority data gaps for the responsible environmental management of the developing hydrocarbons industry. Networks with external researchers will also be developed to facilitate the flow of relevant information and data to help achieve Gap objectives.