INSPIRE Knowledge Base

EA

Description
Organisation: 
Environment Agency for England and Wales
Acronym: 
EA
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.
Formal Mandate: 
National Government
Mandate: 
The Environment Agency was set up by the 1995 Environment Act. It is legally mandated to collect and co-ordinate the acquisition of environmental data and is sponsored by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the National Assembly for Wales (NAW).
Activities: 
Employing 11,500 staff in offices across the country and having a budget of around £850 million, the Agency deals with individual members of the public, community groups, industry, farmers, businesses of all sizes and the Government. In addition to its responsibilities for managing infrastructure such as the river network and providing services in emergencies such as flooding or pollution incidents, the Environment Agency is also a key inspectorate and regulatory body dealing with flood defence, pollution control and water abstraction and waste management licences.
Membership: 
Environment Agency National Centre for Environmental Data and Surveillance (NCEDS)
Typology: 
Thematic
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    National
    England and Wales
    Societal Sector
    Central government
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    The Environment Sgency has been closely involved with the INSPIRE initiative for several years. Stefan Carlyle is a member of the INSPIRE Expert Group and has chaired Working Groups on Data Policy, Legal Affairs and Strategy.
    Environmental application domains
    General
    Primary Business
    Environmental Management and Regulation