INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

LMO Description
Organisation: 
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Details
    Level of authority: 
    National
    Defra is the Environment Department for England but takes a co-ordinating lead for the UK when dealing with issues at a European/International level.
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>Government department responsible for implementing environmental policy and leading for the UK on the INSPIRE Directive.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    Defra is a user and collector of spatial data on a range of topics relating to the environment.
    Comments: 
    UK Location Programme specific information can be found on the UKLP website: http://location.defra.gov.uk/
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    National
    Defra is the Environment Department for England but takes a co-ordinating lead for the UK when dealing with issues at a European/International level.
    Societal Sector: 
    Central Government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    SPIRE is a three year project which will enable the use of consistent, concise and up to date geographic information within Defra and its executive agencies by developing a culture of active data management and the provision of appropriate information technology.
    Primary Business: 
    Implementing and developing policy on all aspects of the environment, rural matters, farming and food production together, plus acting as a focal point for all rural policy, relating to people, the economy and the environment. Sustainable Development.
    Environmental application domains: 
    Environmental monitoring (water, air, land, waste, biodiversity, climate change)