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Promotion of best practices for national environmental information systems and tools for data harvesting at EU level

Jandirk Bulens

(Submission #337)


For years the European Commission has been promoting the development of openly accessible environmental information at all levels. The Directive 2003/4/EC on Access to Environmental Information, and the European Spatial Data Infrastructure Directive INSPIRE-2007/2/EC set the legal framework on the subject. The number of systems, tools, databases, and repositories, as result of this active promotion is substantial. These systems have however been developed for specific uses and purposes. This means, they differ appreciably in anticipated use, type of user addressed, complexity, connectivity, usability, completeness, quality, and other aspects. In addition, the legal obligation to report and monitor throughout the full environmental domain is showing a scattered landscape of different environmental management information systems linked to specifications of the regulatory framework. Since these information systems are intended for common use to support the environmental acquis, aligning these data would be a major benefit. The project ‘Promotion of best practices for national environmental information systems and tools for data harvesting at EU level’ is setting up a guidance to align these systems and to explore ways to extract information on environmental data. Guidelines are based on good examples of current practice and therefore input is used from different stakeholders in the EU. In this workshop we want to present first findings in the project and we want to have a discussion with stakeholders on this topic. Exchange experiences especially for those working with INSPIRE data when it comes to finding and using environmental data throughout Europe for own your use. The outcomes of the workshop will help to create a guidance to set up and/or improve Environmental Information systems to active disseminate information on the environment and facilitate the extraction of data and information for further use by policy officers.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Workshop

Additional Fields

Academic:   Yes
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No


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