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Streamlining the eu environmental reporting system jock martin

Streamlining the EU

environmental reporting system

JOCK MARTIN


Streamlining the eu environmental reporting system jock martin

Bridging the Gap, in 1998 concluded:

‘… some of the systems for monitoring and

gathering information about the environment in

European countries are inefficient and wasteful.

They generate excessive amounts of data on

subjects which do not need it; and they fail to

provide timely and relevant information on other

subjects where there is an urgent policy need for

consistent environmental assessment and

reporting’.


6 th eap conclusion

6th EAP Conclusion

6EAP highlights the need to : ‘review and

regularly monitor information and reporting

systems with a view to a more coherent and

effective system to ensure streamlined

reporting of high quality, comparable and

relevant environmental data and information’

and to undertake “ex ante” evaluation of the

possible impacts, in particular the environmental

impacts, of new policies and “ex post” evaluation

of the effectiveness of existing measures in

meeting their environmental objectives.’


Pressure on member states

Pressure on Member States

  • Reporting to several institutions.

  • Many ad hoc-questionnaires.

  • Difficulty in maintaining a comprehensive view of the obligations.

  • Lack of consistency in the construction of reporting obligations and questionnaires.

  • Lack of systematic gathering of data and information.

  • Need to report on questions already answered once although conditions have not changed.

  • Definitions are not clear and small differences occur in different reporting obligations.


New reporting system

New reporting system

Three types of information needed:

1.Legal (Compliance and legal transposition);

2.State-of-the Environment (SoE);

and 

3.Effectiveness evaluation


Streamlining the eu environmental reporting system jock martin

New Reporting System Principles

  • No increase in overall reporting effort by countries – maintain quality standards

  • Better balance between types 1, 2 and 3:

    • improved reporting on compliance

    • better focus for SoE data (indicators)

    • more on effectiveness

  • Use indicators as tool for SOE reporting and to support effectiveness evaluation. Focus MS reporting on what is needed to assess policy outcomes.

  • Effectiveness evaluations are complex and expensive so should focus on major policy areas where large investments being made by countries.


  • Eea contribution to review

    EEA Contribution to Review

    • Indicator Frameworks for structuring outputs

    • PC-ROD as a tool to analyse gaps/overlaps

    • WEB-ROD as tool to help MS plan their reporting activities efficiently

    • REM report – a contribution to effectiveness evaluation

    • EIONET data flows to improve timeliness, quality and comparability of inputs

    • REPORTNET – the EIONET arm of a shared electronic information system


    Streamlining the eu environmental reporting system jock martin

    Sectorial Integration

    Process

    Strategies

    Reporting mechanisms

    6th Environmental

    Action Programme:

    Thematic strategies

    Business as Usual:

    Framework Directives

    EU Programmes

    Plans

    Strategies

    Reporting Chain

    Policy Objectives and Targets

    INDICATOR FRAMEWORKS

    Themes: Air Pollution, Climate change, Waste, Resource Use, Biodiversity

    Sectors: Transport, Energy, Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism

    DATA FLOWS FROM COUNTRIES

    Environment: EEA, Eurostat, International Conventions

    Socio-economic: Eurostat, OECD, UNSO, FAO, IEA

    EUSDS

    Synthesis

    Report

    TERM

    EERM

    AERM

    DG Env

    Annual Report

    Eurostat

    PIPs

    Project

    Environmental

    Signals

    EU Headline

    Indicators

    Standardised

    Reporting Directive


    Eea indicator frameworks

    Environmental Themes

    Climate change

    Air pollution

    Water Stress

    Biodiversity

    Terrestrial Environment

    Waste and Material Flows

    Sectoral Integration

    Transport

    Energy

    Agriculture

    Tourism

    Fisheries

    EEA Indicator Frameworks


    Outline by indicator framework

    Outline by Indicator Framework

    • Policy storyline – ½ to 1 page

    • Main indicators table:

      • 30-40 indicators per theme/sector

      • Ordered by policy questions and policy objectives/targets

      • Indicator titles and definition of data needs

    • Policy objectives/targets table – with links to relevant indicators

    • Cross reading table showing links to DPSIR, EEA Typology, other themes/sectors


    Indicator consultation process

    Indicator consultation process

    • Mar/April – Bilaterals with EIONET and Commission

    • May – Draft proposals for EEA core set

    • End May – Presentation at NFP Meeting

    • June-Aug – formal written procedure with EEA MB, EEA SC, EIONET, Commission Services, NGOs

    • September – finalise EEA core set of indicators

    • October – NFP/EIONET meeting and EEA SC

    • November – final proposal to EEA Man. Board


    Eea added value

    EEA Added Value

    • EU policy focus – from SDS to 6th EAP to Strategies to Framework Directives

    • Detailed analysis (IEA) using theme/sector frameworks of progress against policy objectives

    • Focused data collection and policy relevant indicator reports = streamlining!!

    • Systematic approach to indicators and data flows = improved data quality and assessment to support policy


    Web rod as a planning tool

    Web ROD as a planning tool

    A Beta Version under establishment can be found at:

    http://rod2.eionet.eu.int/

    Please have a look and give your feedback to:

    [email protected]


    Streamlining the eu environmental reporting system jock martin

    Reportnet main data flow functions

    Data flow is driven by workflow

    (embedded and not shown here)


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