Mr Gordon McInnes, Deputy Director, EEA

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Transcript Mr Gordon McInnes, Deputy Director, EEA

Multi-Beneficiary Instrument for Pre-Accession
(IPA) Programme:
Specific project for the participation of West Balkan
Countries in the work of EEA 2009-2011
Community Agencies: Partners in Accession
Sintra, Portugal
25-27 November 2009
What is our mandate?
To provide European decision makers and citizens
with access to timely and relevant information and
knowledge in order to
• provide a sound basis for environmental policies
• help answer their questions about the environment
in their daily lives
• ensure that environmental thinking and education
is brought into the mainstream of decision-making
EEA works with
EEA member countries
EEA cooperating countries
European
Neighbourhood Policy
ENP South
ENP East
Strategic Partnership
Strategy for a new
partnership for Central Asia
Central Asia
•EEA 32 member countries
•Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro,
Serbia
•Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Syria,
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Tunisia
•Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
•Russian Federation
European environment information and
observation network (Eionet)
About 350 national
institutions
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National focal
points
European topic
centres
National
reference centres
Other institutions
Overview of IPA Project
Long-term Goal
Objective
WB countries
Duration
Budget
Full participation in EEA WP
with WB countries as EEA
member countries
Extension of the participation
of the WB countries in the
activities of EEA
Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Croatia, FYROM, Kosovo,
Montenegro, Serbia
24 months (12/09-11/11)
1.2 meuro
IPA Budget and Lead Responsibilities
Content
1. Extension of the main EEA topic areas to the
West Balkan countries:
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Water
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Air and Climate Change
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Biological Diversity
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Land use and spatial information
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Sustainable consumption and production
2. Support for inclusion in regular assessment reports
3. Development of a regular indicator reporting system
Budget
euro
273000
232000
80000
Networking
4. Development of the EIONET network and participation
of NRCs/country experts in major EEA meetings and events
435000
Capacity building
5. Overall EEA Project Coordination and Technical support
180000
Total budget
1200000
The Shared Environmental
Information System - SEIS
• SEIS aims to improve, modernise and
streamline environmental information
• It is to be
 A distributed, integrated, web-enabled
system
 A network where public providers share data
and information
 Based on existing e-infrastructure, systems
and services at national and EU level
Information Pyramid
Bottom-up
Top-down
Knowledge
Assessment
Indicators
Data
Monitoring
Areas of Priority Data Flows (15 in
total)
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Air pollution
 Annual air pollutant emissions data
 Exchange of Information Decision (air quality data)
 Monthly ozone data during summer (April–September)
 Annual air quality questionnaire
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 Near real-time ozone reporting
Climate Change Mitigation
 Greenhouse gas emissions data
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Water quality
 Quality of Rivers, Lakes and Groundwater
 Quality of transitional, coastal and marine water
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Biodiversity
 Common Database on Nationally Designated Areas
West Balkan
Progress in
Eionet
Priority
Dataflows
Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD5 in mg O2/l) in
rivers in European countries, 2006 or latest year
available
The European Environment:
State and Outlook 2010
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B
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Exploratory
assessment
European analysis
of environm. systems
•Atmosphere
•Freshwater
•Marine
•Terrestrial
•Human
Country
specific analyses
•Global drivers
•Megatrends
•Uncertainties
•Long-term policy
implications
Synthesis
•Diversity
•Commonality
•Flexibilty
Integrated Analysis (Reflecting – Reviewing – Rethinking)
Additional investment required
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To enhance national capacities
To enhance national monitoring systems
To improve data management
To complete national contributions to the Shared
Environmental Information System
To get ready for full EEA membership
To provide full EEA support
EEA has a core budget of
40 meuro to support 32 EEA member countries, of which
35 meuro to support 27 EU Member States
EEA has received approx 100 keuro/country/year to the West
Balkan countries over 14 years and 7+ grants
200-300 keuro/country/year would be needed to provide
full support and enable full EEA membership
Conclusions
• West Balkan country information on the
environment is improving and increasingly
accessible
• West Balkan countries are advancing towards
EEA membership
• Further improvement requires additional
investment
• We also need a long-term strategy to
maintain activities and facilitate membership
and participation in EEA work programme
Conclusions
• West Balkan country information on the
environment is improving and increasingly
accessible
• West Balkan countries are advancing towards
EEA membership
• Further improvement requires additional
investment
• Need a longer-term strategy for continuing
funding and support to maintain activities and
facilitate full membership
Thank you
for your attention!