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1 1 Towards a European Shared Environmental Information System in Support of Sustainable Policies Presented by: Meropi Paneli ECOINFORMATICS- 2006 European Commission Directorate-General Environment Research, Science and Innovation Unit Rue de la Loi, 200 1049 Brussels BELGIUM Meropi.Paneli@cec.eu.int

2 2 2 Policies Support To Develop…. To Implement … To Monitor.. Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, WSSD Johannesburg 2002 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development The Treaty on European Union The EU Sustainable Development Strategy The EU 6th Environmental Action Programme Seven Thematic Strategies 1. Clean Air For Europe (CAFE)Clean Air For Europe (CAFE) 2. Soil protectionSoil protection 3. Sustainable use of pesticidesSustainable use of pesticides 4. Marine environmentarine environment 5. Waste prevention and recyclingWaste prevention and recycling 6. Sustainable use of natural resourcesSustainable use of natural resources 7. Urban environmentUrban environment Four Priorities 1. Climate Change 2. Nature and Biodiversity 3. Environment and Health 4. Natural resources and waste Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters European Commission – DG Environment

3 3 3 Information About …. ? European Commission – DG Environment

4 4 4 Measuring Progress… Sustainable Development Indicators Sustainable Development Indicators 1.Economic developmentEconomic development 2.Poverty and social exclusionPoverty and social exclusion 3.Ageing societyAgeing society 4.Public HealthPublic Health 5.Climate change and energyClimate change and energy 6.Production and consumption patternsProduction and consumption patterns 7.Management of natural resourcesManagement of natural resources 8.TransportTransport 9.Good governanceGood governance 10.Global partnershipGlobal partnership EU level long-term SD indicators to monitor our economic development while protecting the environment and meeting our social goals - Eurostat - European Commission – DG Environment

5 5 5 But…..but…..the problems with Env Dta Infra data is : not sufficiently available, accessible, inter-operable and shared across juridical and administrative boundaries. not of sufficient or consistent quality, nor sufficiently up-to-date. sometimes redundant or outdated because the nature of problems have changed since the legislation was adopted. Alongside the data itself, there are often considerable delays or redundancy in reporting and assessment. European Commission – DG Environment EU has islands of data of different standards and quality...

6 6 6 Resulting in….. difficulties with: -compliance assessment -assessment of the state of the environment - analysis of cause-effect relationships design successful and cost-effective policy remedy measures. -assessment of the environmental impact of other sector policies (transport, agriculture, cohesion, research etc.) the cost-efficient integration of environmental concerns into those policies. unnecessary administrative burden on Member States and Commission Services for data management and assessment, reporting and monitoring. European Commission – DG Environment

7 7 7 The SEIS is to support policy development, implementation and monitoring at local, regional to global levels The Challenge Improve availability and quality of information needed to develop and implement Community environment policy Reduce administrative burden on Member States European Commission – DG Environment

8 8 8 What is the SEIS? Infrastructure and rules to facilitate use of data by wide range of users Cost-efficient monitoring to support reporting on indicators, risk and monitoring Underpinned by legal requirements (well implemented) European Commission – DG Environment

9 9 9 Achieving the Vision Actions to establish infrastructures and rules Actions to streamline monitoring Actions to make legal requirements coherent European Commission – DG Environment

10 10 Infrastructure and rules Adoption of INSPIRE: commitment to sharing as a foundation for further streamlining Common architecture and tools for reporting: coherence between different reporting sytems, better exploiting technology and economies of scale European Commission – DG Environment

11 11 INSPIRE will deliver … 2006-2013. Structures at EU and Member State level to coordinate the practical implementation of the Infrastructure for Geo-Spatial Information in Europe. Metadata concerning spatial data sets held by public authorities, for use in searching for and identifying available spatial data sets and the corresponding services. A data Clearing House and electronic network, connecting distributed databases equipped with services, that allows anybody to query, view, access and use geo-spatial data sets held by public bodies and made available on a voluntary basis by third parties A range of specifications for geo-spatial data sets and services helping spatial data sets to be used in a wider context A data policy framework and a range of sharing agreements between public bodies ensuring that information is exchanged without barriers. A framework for monitoring the implementation of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe European Commission – DG Environment

12 12 INSPIRE will not … Impose the collection of spatial data Deliver integrated information services for particular applications such as environmental reporting, risk management, environmental impact assessments, indicator development land-use planning etc. INSPIRE EEA Reportnet components Example: Institutional Institutional framework framework DataServicesFundamental data sets Technicalstandards European Commission – DG Environment

13 13 Actions to streamline monitoring Key role of Thematic strategies and cross-cutting policies, e.g. – Biodiversity: Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators – Water Information System for Europe (WISE): to cover all water related information – Soil: framework for sharing and exchange of information – Marine: improved knowledge based upon effective monitoring and assessment – Environment-Health information system Streamlining of indicators to make downstream monitoring more efficient Support of 7th Framework Programme including Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) European Commission – DG Environment

14 14 To result in: streamlining of monitoring/reporting in upcoming policy proposals possible proposal(s) to repeal/streamline reporting make existing policies SEIS-compliant (e.g. WISE, CAFE) European Commission – DG Environment Actions to make legal requirements coherent EEA monitoring review Review of reporting requirements at international and community level

15 15 Conclusions The EU is committed to the development of a Shared Environmental Information System serving local to global needs Some Major Challenges remain … Major regional and global initiatives face the difficult challenge of co-ordination and coherent development Sustained funding of operational data collection, RTD and usage capacities More than technical issues …. Data policies and usage conditions risk to be major obstacles European Commission – DG Environment


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