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Environmental reporting obligations and INSPIRE - a practical concept to support the identifying process

Elise Järvenpää, Riitta Teiniranta, Lena Hallin-Pihlatie, Claudia Bergroth and Riikka Repo

(Submission #154)


The implementation of the INSPIRE Directive has passed its half-way mark. Based on evaluation of the state-of-implementation and the fitness of the Directive for its intended purpose (a so-called REFIT evaluation), it has been recognized that there are significant implementation gaps in most Member States. One considerable gap that has arisen concerns missing data sets, and the results of the evaluation suggest that a significant amount of spatial datasets relevant for environmental reporting have not been identified by the Member States.

The European Commission, together with MIG-P, has created a so called Priority list of data sets linked to the reporting obligations in EU environment legislation. The current list of identified priority datasets counts 46 unique spatial datasets delineated by the dossier of 45 various legislative acts.

In order to rectify the current shortcomings and improve the efficiency of the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive, Finland has set up a Member State Action Plan for the years 2016–2020. One of the set actions is to identify any missing data sets related to the reporting obligations of environmental directives in Finland and to incorporate these to the INSPIRE SDI according to the INSPIRE obligations.

The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) under the Finnish Ministry of the Environment is both a research institute and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE has the status of a Legally Mandated Organisation (LMO) within INSPIRE, being the biggest INSPIRE data provider in Finland in numbers of different data sets and themes, and being a data provider in 19 of the 34 INSPIRE themes according to the national SDI legislation. SYKE is also responsible for a great number of registers related to environmental monitoring and reporting.

There are many reasons why the INSPIRE obligations regarding data sets for environmental reporting have not yet been met. The main challenge is that the reporting processes are complicated and require thematic expertise. Furthermore, in most cases these experts are not familiar with spatial data nor INSPIRE. To fulfill the implementation requirements of INSPIRE, joint cooperation of experts – both regarding INSPIRE and environmental reporting – is crucial.

In this presentation we will describe the concept developed for the identification of INSPIRE related to spatial datasets produced in environmental reporting, and how these datasets can be published in an INSPIRE-compliant way.


Topic Area:  [3.4] Continued support to implementation
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   This presentation could also be under eReporting workshop, proposed by EEA and JRC, OR under MIG WS 2016.5

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