INSPIRE Knowledge Base


A Network to enhance a European Environmental Shared and Interoperable Information System
Mission and Objectives: 
The mission of the NESIS Network is to promote the uptake of ICT solutions to address the problems faced by public authorities in providing information related to monitoring and reporting environmental impacts and threats. By supporting a shared vision for streamlining current information and reporting systems, and promoting the adoption of an interoperable information infrastructure, the NESIS Network addresses to support the effort at EU level for the implementation of a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) It does so focusing on the ICT issues of implementing SEIS, by gathering information on requirements and existing experience, with the objective to make a proposal on what and how the infrastructure of SEIS should be built upon.
Formal Mandate: 
The NESIS SDIC is grounded on the achievements of the NESIS project, that has established an operational network for the European stakeholders of ICT management of environmental information. Starting from reviewing the current state of play at the national level and existing Good Practices , the requirements for enhancing the existing infrastructures and the existing ICT deployments, the Network mandate is to operate for the technical evolution towards a distributed, standards-based infrastructure for spatial and non-spatial environmental information, based on the principles of shared access rather than centralized reporting. This reflects the latest developments in the ICT domain and in terms of the evolving legal framework, including the implications of compliance with the INSPIRE Directive.
Collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies A report has been done at European level of the current systems, collecting information on the different organisations involved, the existing dataflows and services, the use of common reporting tools (e.g.. Reportnet), standards, data policy and other relevant components of SEIS. A NESIS Best Practice catalogue has been organised in order to share the above information within the network of partners and within the larger network of the NESIS Stakeholders, who are as well expected to enrich the catalogue with their own experience. That tool is available at Both these streams of activity will be maintained along the time, to provide, with regard to the ICT and “geo” aspects, input for the process of SEIS development. Contribute, with reference to environmental information management, into the review process and the release of the INSPIRE Implementing Rules A NESIS concept for the technical implementation of SEIS (which services and how to deliver them) has been carried out and proposed by the network to the SEIS Community. The document “Towards the ICT implementation of SEIS” exposes this proposal in a comprehensive and easily exploitable form. Contribute to awareness raising and training Specific actions for awareness and training will be carried out. The effort is for improving communication flow between MS and EC and among MS themselves, by supporting a shared access rather than a centralised one and by addressing the ICT development for the future. Submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams The following documents are submitted (see step 3): • D 2.6 – NESIS Good Practices and Analysis • NESIS Good Practices Catalogue • D3.1 Summary report on the status of environmental monitoring and reporting in Europe - Shared Environmental Information System in Europe. State of Play • D6.2 Towards the ICT implementation of SEIS
The members of the NESIS network are: • national and regional bodies who will be involved in the development and application of SEIS, including many EIONET National Focal Points • IT services providers for input and validation • University and Research centres The stakeholders to be addressed by NESIS are actual or potential users and producers of information related to monitoring and reporting environmental impacts and threats. Such audience constitutes the SDIC eligible partnership, covering a large spectrum of scientific competence, technical skills and needs of use. The audience is then composed by both technical and non-technical organisations, who deal with the environmental information. Their commitment ranges from environmental management and planning at the different levels (local, national, European), to scientific assessment and evaluation, to technical work in the field of geo-data sharing. Audience includes as well people of non-governmental organisations and environmental associations and individuals: a very wide range of persons in numerous different organisations with diverse cultural or technical backgrounds. This members will be able to give inputs, to receive valuable feedbacks and that will contribute to the process definition of SEIS and to the link with INSPIRE, also as contribution to the Implementing Rules. The list of organisation members of the NESIS network is provided below in the “comment” session.
List of participants in the NESIS Network: GISIG-Geographical Information Systems International Group (IT) K.U. Leuven-Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE) CENIA-Czech Environmental Information Agency (CZ) SAZP-Slovak Environmental Agency (SK) SFT-Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (NO) MoEW-Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water (HU) ISPRA-Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (IT) IEFA-Environmental Agency of Iceland (IS) UBA-A-Austrian Environment Agency (AT) MEPA-Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MT) ICCOPS-Landscape, Natural and Cultural Heritage Observatory (IT) MEEDDAT-Ministère de l’écologie, de l’énergie, du développement durable et de l’amenagement du territoire (FR) TIETO-Tieto Estonia (EE) SEPA-Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SE) ARI- Cyprus Environment Service (CY) AAA-Environmental Protection Agency (LT) CIEP - Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection-Department of Monitoring and Environmental Information (PL) PortalU - Coordination Center PortalU at the Lower Saxony Ministry of Environment and Climate Protection (DE) HiG - Univeristy of Gaevle (SE) DEFRA - STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory -Environmental Informatics, e-Science Centre EIONET NFP (UK) IRCEL - International Cell for Environment -NFP EEA & EIONET (BE) UNS - University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (FR) GIS Analytics - GIS Analytics Ldt. (BG) APA - Agencia Portuguesa do Ambiente (PT) Disy - Disy Informationssyteme (DE) Intergraph - Intergraph Italia LLC (IT) Baden-Wuertemberg - Ministry of the Environment,Nature Conservation and Transport Baden-Wuerttemberg (DE) Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change-Office for Environmental Information Network and EEA (GR) Ministry for the Environment and Marine and Rural Affairs (ES) ALNA SOFTWARE (LT) UAB - HNIT-BALTIC (LT) State Enterprise Centre of Registers (LT) AFFECTO LIETUVA (LT) National Land Service under the ministry of agriculture of the republic of Lithuania (LT) CNR-IMATI - National Research Council (IT)

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
  • 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
    European level: NESIS focuses on Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) implementation
    Societal Sector
    Private sector; Research and Education
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    NESIS Community is established upon the basis of NESIS project, a Thematic Network running within the ICT-PSP (Information and Communication Technology - Policy Support Programme) and CIP (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme) programmes. The SDIC (i.e. its Community) intends to carry on the specific experience already started with NESIS project and to improve it thanks to the involvement of new members. The NESIS project has built up a proposal for the ICT implementation of SEIS (project deliverable D6.2 “Towards the ICT implementation of SEIS”). The proposal grounds on the INSPIRE architecture and considers geo-reference as a basic component of many geo-information to be taken into proper account.
    Environmental application domains
    All sectors of environmental information.
    Primary Business
    NESIS primary business is supporting the ICT implementation of SEIS. This will be accomplished by sharing experience and resources already acquired during the NESIS project and by extending the partnership in order to assure the involvement of a larger part of actors operating in the specific field, ranging from Regional and Local Governments to Private Companies and to Associations and NGOs.