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The EEA , its organisational network EIONET and ETC/TE. Martha Wepner Umweltbundesamt European Topic Centre on Terrestrial Environment Szentendre, 17 November 2003. EEA, EIONET, ETC/TE. Outline. Outline EEA Reporting Networking EIONET What are NFPs/NRCs What are ETCs

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The EEA,

its organisational network EIONET

and ETC/TE

Martha Wepner

Umweltbundesamt

European Topic Centre on Terrestrial Environment

Szentendre, 17 November 2003


EEA, EIONET, ETC/TE

Outline

  • Outline

  • EEA

  • Reporting

  • Networking

    • EIONET

    • What are NFPs/NRCs

    • What are ETCs

  • ETC/TE and its contribution to the soil work program


EEA

EEA

  • European Environment Agency - EEA

  • one of 11 specialised European Union Agencies

  • EEC Regulation 1210/1990

  • Operational since 1994

  • European Reference Centre for environmental information

  • http://www.eea.eu.int


EEA

EEA

The EEA mission statement

‘EEA aimsto support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy making agents and the public.’


EEA

EEA

  • What are the objectives of the mandate?

  • To provide environmental information

  • Helping the Community and member countries to identify effective environmental measures and assess its actual and expected progress

  • Maintaining and coordinating the EIONET based on shared information


EEA

EEA

  • Who are EEA's clients?

  • Institution level:

  • European Commission, Parliament, Council, EEA member countries

  • General public:

  • NGOs, business, media, advisory, groups/persons, debaters and the policy engaged public


EEA

EEA


EEA

EEA

  • Main tasks

  • networking

  • monitoring and reporting

  • Main products

  • EEA publications

  • the Agency’s website (www.eea.eu.int)


EEA - reporting

EEA

Reporting

  • Reporting cycle

  • Broad integrated assessments

  • (Five-year state & trends reports, eg. Kiev)

  • Indicator based reports

  • (yearly Signals Report, TERM report)

  • Specific issue reports

  • (eg. Greenhouse gases, GMOs)

  • Best practices

  • (eg. Wastewater treatment report)

  • Frameworks, guidelines or databases


EEA - networking

Networking

EEA

  • EEA’s networking partners

  • EIONET partners in 31 member countries

  • Co-ordinated activities within EC services and programmes

  • International Organisations (UNEP, UNECE, WHO, OECD and WMO)


EEA - networking

Networking

EEA


EEA - networking

Networking

EEA

  • EIONET

  • European Environment Information and Observation Network

  • more than 300 national institutions

    • National Focal Point (1 per country)

    • National Reference Centre (various topics)

    • Main Component Elements

    • European Topic Centre (5)


National Focal Points

Networking

EEA

  • Role of NFPs

  • Co-ordinate Member State input to EEA work programme

  • Build telematics network in Member State

  • Co-ordinate data flows to ETCs and for EEA reports

  • Motivate NRCs and MCEs

  • Appointed by member countries


National Reference Centre

Networking

EEA

  • Role of NRCs/MCEs

  • Provide data to ETCs and EEA

  • Advice on technical aspects to ETC work programme

  • Comment and review EEA and ETCs reports

  • Maintain telematics network connection and data flows

  • Share experience with other NRCs/MCEs


European Topic Centre - ETC

Networking

ETC

  • Role of ETCs

  • Work under contract to EEA

  • Deliver reports, databases, networks

  • Improve comparability of data

  • Advise on plugging data gaps

  • Support DG Environment on Implementation

  • Represent EEA in various forums


European Topic Centre - ETC

Networking

ETC

  • Objectives

  • To provide policy relevant information on past trends, current state and prospective development (of land and soil) in Europe

  • To support legislative frameworks

  • To support EEA enlargement


European Topic Centre - ETC

Networking

ETC

  • Structure

  • Consortia with one leading institution

  • 5 ETCs

    • ETC/TE

    • ETC/W

    • ETC/ACC

    • ETC/WMF

    • ETC/NPB


European Topic Centre on Terrestrial Environment

ETC/TE

  • ETC/TE

  • Priority areas

    • Soil degradation

    • Land use

    • Urban environment

    • Coastal environment

    • http://terrestrial.eionet.eu.int


Structure

ETC/TE


Land Cover

Marine and CoastalEnvironment

Soil

Terrestrial

Environment

Background

ETC/TE


Mission
Mission

ETC/TE

  • How do we fulfil our mission?

    • Integrated assessments

      • DPSIR chain

    • Environmental indicators

      • Land cover changes

      • Soil degradation

      • Impact on land (e.g. fragmentation)

    • Support to EU & international policy frameworks (e.g. Soil Thematic Strategy)


Soil issues

ETC/TE

  • Local soil contamination

    • Contamination from point sources (waste disposal, industrial activities, mining sites, military sites, accidents, etc.)

  • Diffuse soil contamination

    • Contaminants transported over wide areas (including heavy metals, acidification, nutrients surplus – eutrophication, etc.)

  • Soil sealing

    • Covering of soil due to urbanisation, infrastacture construction


Soil issues

ETC/TE

  • Development of soil indicators since 1996

    • In course of ETC/S and ETC/TE

  • EIONET workshops 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003

    • Discussions/agreement on indicators and definitions

    • Data requests

    • Development of core set of indicators (3 indicators on local soil contamination)

    • Reporting on soil

  • EIONET data request 2003

    • Local soil contamination

    • Diffuse soil contamination

    • Soil sealing

      http://eea.eionet.eu.int:8980/Members/irc/eionet-circle/te/library?l=/soil_collection/collection_contamination&vm=detailed&sb=Title


Local soil contamination

Local soilcontamination

ETC/TE

  • Core Set of Indicators (priority data flow)

    • Management of contaminated sites

    • Remediation expenditures

    • Soil polluting activities (incl. hot spot map)

  • New indicators (non priority data flow)

    • Landfills

    • Mining sites

    • Remediation activities

  • New indicators as a result of discussions

  • Main problem: harmonised data, lack of reporting obligation –> EIONET data request 2003



What are the major sources of contamination? sites?

Local soilcontamination

ETC/TE


How much is spent for the remediation of contaminated sites? sites?

Local soilcontamination

ETC/TE

€ per capita and year


How much is spent for the remediation of contaminated sites? sites?

Local soilcontamination

ETC/TE

Source: CLC 1990 and ESRI Population Density



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