INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Umweltbundesamt Deutschland (Federal Environment Agency)

LMO Description
Organisation: 
Umweltbundesamt Deutschland (Federal Environment Agency)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Details
    Level of authority: 
    National
    Germany
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The German Federal Environment<br /> Agency(Umweltbundesamt – UBA) is the<br /> German government’s scientific authority<br /> with responsibility for environmental<br /> matters. UBA is one of the government’s<br /> departmental research agencies and reports<br /> to the German Environment Ministry (BMU). </p>
    Main Activities: 
    The key statutory mandates are: to provide scientific support to the Federal Government (e.g.. the Federal Ministries for Environment; Health; Research; Transport, Building and Urban Affairs); implementation of environmental laws (e.g. emissions trading, authorisation of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and plant protection agents); information of the public about environmental protection. Identifying tomorrow’s problems today. The UBA sees itself as an early warning system which detects potential future adverse impacts on mankind and his environment in a timely fashion, assesses associated risks, and offers proposals for practicable solutions. To that end, experts at the Agency carry out research in in house laboratories in addition to commissioning research projects to scientific institutions in Germany and abroad. The UBA adopts an exacting interdisciplinary approach in its activities. For example, economists, chemists, biologists or legal experts may well work together to find solutions to environmental problems. The Agency can thereby cover a wide range of topic areas and rely on the high level of commitment and motivation of its staff. UBA acts as partner and Germany’s contact point for many international organizations, including the WHO.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    National
    Germany
    Societal Sector: 
    Federal Government
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    SDI-Installation for the Agency; coordination of the INSPIRE-Porcess inside the Agency
    Primary Business: 
    Environmental Policy and Implementation