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1 SEIS development and regular environment assessment since the Astana conference Dr David Stanners Head of International Cooperation European Environment Agency

2 Global assessments Regional (EEA) assessments Shared Environmental Information System From national to regional to global National assessments National data, information, analyses and assessments

3 SEIS addresses the whole Policy Cycle MDIAK Knowledge Base (1) Issue identification (2) Issue framing (3) Policy measure identification (4) Policy measure development / adoption (6) Policy measure effectiveness (5) Policy measure implementation

4 European Environment Agency SEIS principles Information should be: ● managed as close as possible to its source ● collected once, and shared with others for many purposes ● readily available and easy accessible ● accessible to enable users to make comparisons at the appropriate geographical scale ● fully available to the general public at national level in the relevant national language(s) ● supported through common, free open software standards.

5 European Environment Agency Data Indicators Assessments … SDI -Spatial Development Infrastructure Standards Web services … Networks Governance Agreements … SEIS components

6 European Environment Agency Promoting open standards Capacity building with EU Neighbourhood Countries Open government / open data movements UNEP Live SOE Live Eye on Earth Global Network of Networks Open data policy implemented and advocated by EEA Crowd sourcing and citizen science Cooperation

7 European Environment Agency Thematic integration Intergrated and interoperable indicators Data integration for sustainable development goals From local to global data integration Content

8 European Environment Agency Integrated search based on semantic web Improve data discovery Building web mapping services Publishing data linked and open Increasingly use of social media Introduce citizen science approaches Infrastructure

9 European Environment Agency Extending SEIS and the regular assessment process to the pan-European region EEA in cooperation with stakeholders: Developing the basis on which to implement the process: Outline of the process (Oct 2012) Taking stock of progress: Review of progress (Oct 2013)

10 European Environment Agency Where do we see progress? (1) In countries: Increased use of core indicators/data flows in national SOERs (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan…) A more sustainable national SOER reporting process (Kyrgyzstan, Georgia…) Modern tools for information sharing (Moldova…) Increased cooperation between networks (env. & statistics..) Reflected in recent EPRs -addressing SEIS and regular reporting (Albania, Croatia, Moldova, Morocco)

11 European Environment Agency Where do we see progress? (2) In Policy and legal initiatives: clear reference to SEIS in 7EAP, Copernicus, Arctic policy… In SEIS-related projects: found across the region ENP/SEIS, FLERMONECA, AWARE, AoA+, Caspian Environment Information System… In organisations: promoting SEIS principles (UNECE, LRTAP, PRTR, RECs, UNEP,…) In global processes: SEIS-related initiatives in Rio+20 outcome, UNEP-Live…  However, progress is uneven and information is patchy

12 European Environment Agency Why is progress uneven and information patchy? No joint-responsibility to monitor overall progress in SEIS and regular reporting Required actions: Establish a partnership for regular information exchange (Eionet-type); Exchange data and information from MEAs & organisations & strengthen interaction of existing networks Share tool & methodologies Agree on performance indicators for progress Establish stable governance structure (with sustainable funding) to track & assess progress and coordinate future pan-European reporting

13 European Environment Agency Why is progress uneven and information patchy ? No clear responsibility and ownership across the reporting chain Required actions: Consolidate the national SOE reporting base; Increase use/reuse of core indicators Tailor/focus reporting demands on a clear/pre- defined need Review, re-connect and integrate existing processes (pan-European forest, health, EfE; GEO…)

14 European Environment Agency Learning from each other: SEIS ENPI - Cookbook A set of case studies collected from EEA Member and Cooperating countries and ENPI partner countries. A SEIS Checklist containing a set of questions to help assess the status of SEIS development and identify gaps and areas for further enhancement. Steps to be considered when planning SEIS implementation. Useful links. t

15 European Environment Agency How to bring this process forward Through some specific thematic discussions (e.g. PRTR) SEIS side-event in Aarhus MOP in June 2014 “Friends of SEIS” ( inputs from the Convention?) Monitoring & evaluation of progress ( with clear targets & performance indicators) With Convention support ( e.g. promoting the development of regular national SOE reports as input to the 2016 pan-European environmental ministerial )

16 European Environment Agency Thank you!


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