INSPIRE Knowledge Base

REC

Description
Organisation: 
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
Acronym: 
REC
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
The objective of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) in this SDIC is to raise awareness of INSPIRE and its results across various professional interest groups in any of the REC’s 16 beneficiary countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey. The REC complements the core professional competences of other SDICs and focuses to areas where it has extensive expertise: providing environmental information (e.g. publications or on-line resources); empowering others to share environmental info through capacity building events, and facilitating networking and cooperation through fora and multi-stakeholder consultations. The REC invites the participation of all those organisations and experts that work in this geographic region and have experience with training and awareness raising activities.
Formal Mandate: 
None
Mandate: 
Non profit international organisation
Activities: 
Workshops, training activities and dissemination <p> Building on its extensive experience in organizing professional events and on an extensive cooperation with partner organisations and associated professionals, the REC is well-positioned to organize a series of training and awareness-raising courses for the INSPIRE target groups. (These trainings can be held in any of the REC’s 16 beneficiary countries or in its modern <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rec.org/REC/Introduction/ConferenceCenter/">conference facility</a> at the premises of its head office in Szentendre, Hungary.) <br> In addition to these training courses, the REC can organise consultation workshops among various stakeholders of the INSPIRE target group. In addition to personal outreach, the REC is ready to undertake publication activities for INSPIRE – having a history of printing a large number of books and pamphlets every year.
Membership: 
The international head office of the Regional Environmental Center (REC). REC country offices in 16 Central and Eastern European countries. Freelancing experts in the field of spatial information management.
Comments: 
The REC typically implements its work in cooperation with a large number of partner organisations and external experts. This way it is very well positioned to reach out to a diversity of stakeholders in the Central and Eastern European region and beyond.
Typology: 
Regional
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

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

  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    International
    : 8 new EU accession countries, all South Eastern European countries (except Greece) and Turkey.
    Societal Sector
    International non-profit organisation
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Providing environmental information <br> Currently running projects related to information dissemination and awareness raising include the publishing of our quarterly magazine, the <a target="_blank" href="http://greenhorizon.rec.org">GreenHorizon</a>, making a print newsletter and a website for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cabri-volga.org/">CABRI-Volga website</a> and running a wide range of dissemination activities (e.g. promotional materials, training workshops) for a project about the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eltis.org">www.ELTIS.org</a> information portal. <p> Empowering others to share environmental information <br> In addition to research work and implementing demonstration projects, the “<a target="_blank" href="http://www.rec.org/REC/Programs/REReP/InformationSystems/">national environmental information systems in South Eastern Europe</a>” project featured a series of training and consultation workshops. The “<a target="_blank" href="http://www.rec.org/REC/Programs/REREP/ConnectingNetworks/">connecting networks</a>” project attempted to empower others by publishing a resource directory of environmental software as well as hosting a multi-stakeholder consultation and training event. <p> Facilitating networking and cooperation <br> By supporting the electronic networking activities of South Eastern European environmental NGOs, the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rec.org/REC/Programs/SEE_Networking/">Balkan Bytes</a> project helped cooperation by numerous tools, ranging from technical support through exchange programmes to joint content development. The REC’s series of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rec.org/REC/Databases/">contact directories</a> (e.g. addresses of environmental experts, journalists, NGOs or information centers) also boost cross-border networking and cooperation.
    Primary Business
    Environmental policy development and consultancy.