INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Swedish Environmental protection Agency

LMO Description
Swedish Environmental protection Agency
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is a central environmental authority under the Swedish Government. Our tasks, according to the instructions laid down by the Government, are to coordinate and drive forward environmental work nationally and internationally.</p> <p>The Agency's most important tasks are to:<br /> • propose targets, measures and control instruments for environmental policy and environmental protection activities. (Development of environmental work)<br /> • carry out environmental policy decisions on government grants, application of law etc. (Implementation of environmental policy)<br /> • follow up and assess the environmental situation and environmental efforts. (Follow-up and assessment)</p> <p>The Swedish EPA is an user organisation in relation to the INSPIRE issues.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The Swedish EPA and the EU: Experts from the Swedish EPA participate in about a hundred different EU-groups, preparing new environmental policies and legislation as well as analysing the implementation of decisions. The work covers a variety of subject areas, for example, air, water, waste and nature conservation. National monitoring: To make environmental data more accessible, Swedish EPA has delegated to data custodians the responsibility for storage and distribution of quality-assured environmental monitoring data (basic data). The purchaser (Swedish EPA and county administrations) is guaranteed the copyright for the basic data that is generated by environmental monitoring activities. This is specified in the agreements. A data custodian receives and stores data for different environmental thematic areas (water, air quality etc.) and makes available the results. The data custodians carry out certain feasibility studies and validation. They are also responsible for the distribution of basic data in accordance with an agreed plan. Through repeated, routine compilations of data from different environmental monitoring programs, poor comparability and regional distortion can be quickly corrected. In the future the data custodian agreements will also include the requirement of using metadata standard. Environmental objectives: The Swedish Parliament has established 15 environmental quality objectives, such as "Clean air" and "Good-quality groundwater", to guide Sweden towards a sustainable society. The 15 environmental objectives will function as benchmarks for all environment-related development in Sweden, regardless of where it is implemented and by whom. The overriding aim is to solve all the major environmental problems within one generation. International reporting: For example there are agreements with data custodians about developing systems of acquiring and storing data on emissions and loads of pollutants to air and water and on chemicals (priority substancies) and waste. The aim of these systems is to serve the Swedish EPA with information to international reporting. The Swedish EPA will be responsible for the Water Framework Directive reporting. Streamlining of reporting: Efforts have been made at a national level to take a coordinated approach to data management and production of material for international reporting as a step in quality assurance. The Swedish EPA is striving to develop person-independent systems where the same data will serve as a basis for different types of reporting. Natura 2000 – Safeguarding EU Biodiversity: Nature conservation in the EU is entering a new phase. Valuable, beautiful and unique habitats have been selected for the Natura 2000 network. Member states are now planning ways of protecting and managing these sites. In Sweden management plans are prepared by county administrative boards and they contact landowners and authorities concerned. In Sweden some 4,000 sites have been selected for the Natura network. Over 60 per cent are already protected as nature reserves, national parks etc. You can see the selected areas on a special website, Sveriges Natura 2000-områden, and read about them (in Swedish).
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Societal Sector: 
    Central government
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    - Member of the INSPIRE Expert Group since 2001. - Participate in different WFD working groups within CIS (common implementation strategy). - Standardisation issues within SIS (Swedish Standards Institute) - surface water systems etc. - Experience of international reporting. - National monitoring.
    Primary Business: 
    Environmental Management
    Environmental application domains: 
    Environmental monitoring at national level, natural resources management and international reporting.