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The main objective of EEA's work is to support sustainable development a=
nd to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's envir=
onment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable inf=
ormation to policy making agents and the public.
The EEA has the mand= ate to establish and coordinate the European environment information and ob= servation network (Eionet), based on the infrastructure for collection, ana= lysis, assessment and management of data shared with the European Commissio= n services, EEA member countries and international organisations, agreement= s and conventions.
In 2005, DG Environment, the Joint Research Centre= (JRC), Eurostat and the European Environment Agency (EEA) agreed on the di= vision of coordinating roles in environmental reporting and dissemination a= nd to establish Environmental Data Centres.
EEA will furthermore cont= ribute to the development of a Shared Environmental Information System for = Europe (SEIS). The objective of SEIS is to establish a distributed and sust= ained environmental information system to improve accessibility and sharing= of data and information within Europe and provision of services to policy = makers and citizens.
General priority objectives:=20
To establish the Shared Environmental Information System for Europe (SEI=
S) and the five data centres for which the EEA has responsibility, i.e. in =
the thematic areas of climate change, air pollution, water, biodiversity an=
d land use, in partnership with DG Environment, JRC, Eurostat and EEA membe=
To establish agreement on arrangements for data transfer= and cooperation in the areas of waste, material flows and resource account= ing with Eurostat and on chemicals, environment and health, soil and forest= ry with JRC.
Specific priorities and objectives in 2011:
Resource efficiency, the gre= en economy and physical ecosystem accounting=20
=E2=80=A2 Improve the economy's environmental performance referred to as=
"eco-efficiency" (or first decoupling), which is currently asses=
sed by the ratio:value of commodities/ natural resource use. Resources incl=
ude energy, materials, land and water, including those embedded in internat=
=E2=80=A2 Inter-generational optimisation of non-renewab= le resource use in order to maximise the income flow from such limited, dep= leting resources by means of resource savings and/or substitutions between = different resources (the "weak sustainability" paradigm);
= =E2=80=A2 Improve the ratio: value of commodities/ impacts on ecosystems (i= nland, sea and atmosphere systems). This "second decoupling" need= s to be developed further considering the impacts of resource use (extracti= on and emissions) on human health, quality of life and on ecosystems (fragm= entation, robustness, resilience, biological productivity, biodiversity); =E2=80=A2 Maintain over time of the living natural capital to continue= to supply sufficient quality and quantity economic resources as well as li= fe support (clean water, clean air, stable climate, food). Efficiency of re= source use in this case refers to the ecosystems' carrying capacity, relate= d to, practices that are respectful of ecosystems' multiple functions and s= tructure.
Climate change mitigation an=
=E2=80=A2 Use of established indicator sets, analysis of the information= and data available on the impacts of and vulnerability to climate change a= nd adaptation actions being undertaken by member States, regional and local= authorities;=20
=E2=80=A2 Identify additional information and data necessary to fully as= sess member States' integration of climate change into EU policy areas;= =20
=E2=80=A2 Further develop methods for regular indicator-based assessment= s;=20
=E2=80=A2 Analyse vulnerability for priority sectors and themes;=20
=E2=80=A2 Support to the implementation of the EU Clearinghouse on clima= te change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation and its hosting from 2012 o= nwards - upgrade EEA data centre and thematic web site accordingly;=20
=E2=80=A2 Contribute and federate user needs towards GMES climate and em=
ergency response services, and compile a feasibility study on a ClimateWatc=
h service on Eye on Earth.
Implementation of new inform=
ation technology and communications systems to support environmental observ=
ation, monitoring, reporting and assessment
=E2=80=A2 Extend support to the GMES core services, particularly the in-= situ component, INSPIRE and SEIS. EEA will do this via a range of web servi= ces and applications. There will be an enhanced emphasis on cloud computing= , semantic web and sensor web technology, mobile GIS applications and elect= ronic publishing using a range of social media networks and online dissemin= ation channels for different target groups;=20
=E2=80=A2 Improve the sharing, usability and scalability of the existing= priority data flows, and build a range of new dynamic spatial services;=20
=E2=80=A2 Provide guaranteed continuous public access to data and inform= ation gathered by EEA and other actors and encourage more co-production of = knowledge through information exchange, clearing house mechanisms, crowd so= urcing and open data;=20
=E2=80=A2 Introduce new product line including e-books and "apps&qu=
ot; for mobile telephones and other devices.
Support environmental report=
ing within the European =
Neighbourhood Policy and the Arctic
=E2=80=A2 Enable the regular updating of state and outlook environmental= reports, assessments and benchmarking within EEA cooperating countries, th= e European Neighbourhood and adjacent regions including the Arctic, and fro= m 2010 onwards the continuous updating of the EEA's own regular integrated = environmental assessment on the state and outlook of Europe's environment;<= /p>=20
=E2=80=A2 Establish strong working relations and agreements in cooperati= ng countries, the European Neighbourhood and adjacent regions including the= Arctic to provide near-real-time data flows on air quality, updated water = quality estimates and the basis for a series of indicators on water availab= ility, use and efficiency;=20
=E2=80=A2 Link to European environmental policies and data sharing in th= e ENP-East and ENP-South;=20
=E2=80=A2 Provide guidance on the effective use of the SOER 2010 report = and assessments under the ENP within international assessments including GE= O-5, UNEP's International Resource Panel reports, a European follow-up to T= EEB (The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity), the European su= b-regional follow-up to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the UNGA Re= gular Process for the Global Assessment of the Marine Environment;=20
=E2=80=A2 Prepare an update to the 2004 joint Arctic report on environme=
nt and health for the Arctic with WHO.
Key meetings 2011:=20
=E2=80=A2 Regular NFP/Eionet meetings on 2-3 March, 17-18 May, 28-29 Sep= tember 2011.=20
=E2=80=A2 UNEP GEO-5 Data and Indicators Working Group Meeting on 1-2 Ma= rch 2011.=20
=E2=80=A2 Follow-up to the GEO/GMES observatory meeting 'Global Workshop= on in-situ Instruments and Sustainability of Data Sharing' on 14-16 Septem= ber 2011.=20