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  1. ENVIRONMENTAL DATA MANAGEMENT IN ESTONIA Leo Saare EEA SEIS country visit November 8, 2007

  2. ESTONIAN ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION CENTRE(EEIC) • Established on January 1, 1993 • Aim: • to collect, process and publish information about Estonian nature, state of environment and factors influencing it. • to provide reliable environmental information for Estonian decision makers as well as wider public and organizations both in Estonia and abroad

  3. Collection, analyzing and publishing of environmental information SoE reports, thematic reports etc Estonian NFP for European Environment Agency National, EU and international data reporting Coordinating of State Monitoring Programme Keeping and developing of Environmental Register administrating environmental information systems Competent Body of EMAS and EU Eco-Labeling Administrating of Emissions Trading Registry Tasks

  4. Arhus Convention, 2001 Public Information Act, (2000) 2007 Environmental Register Act, 2002 Environmental Monitoring Act, 2005 MoE decrees on procedures for national data collection on activities related to air pollution, waste generation and water pollution etc Legal basis for data collection

  5. INTEGRATION OF DATABASES: coherent environmental data OFFICIAL DATA: data in environmental register is the only official environmental data RELIABLE DATA: stop using other data than this in the register for: international data exchange issuing environmental permits compiling development plans environmental state assessment etc PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER ACT (i)

  6. PURPOSE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER – provide state and local authorities and the public information for: state of environment issuing environmental permits environmental impact assessments compilation of development plans etc. environmental restrictions international environmental data exchange PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER ACT (ii)

  7. SOURCE DOCUMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO THE REGISTER : legislative act (e.g. data of protected natural object) environmental permit (e.g. waste data) program (e.g. monitoring data) report of research or inventory (e.g. data of growing forest) planning (e.g. data of recreational areas) contract (e.g. CITES to a certain extent) PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER ACT (iii)

  8. MAINTENANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER • environmental data in time and space and gives the database a form that enables to use data according to internationally approved principles • Environmental Register operates by its interlinking mechanisms (information systems) which contain documents, maps, classification, entries, applications, publication, clients, client support and archive etc.

  9. ACCESS TO ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER • Data in the environmental register is public • Everyone has the right to examine public data in the environmental register free of charge and to download data • Authorised processor (EEIC) of the register restricts access to the data in the Environmental Register in case: • the data is in process; • the publication of data will endanger public safety, cause environmental damage or disturb protected species in their habitats; • the data includes confidential information on business, industrial and intellectual property; • the publication of data is prohibited by law; • has been identified that the data is incorrect

  10. QUALITY ASSURANCE OF THE DATA • EEIC controls if the provided data meet the requirements and returns the data which do not meet.Data provideris obligated to deliver the correct data to the Environmental Register

  11. PUBLICATION OF THE DATA • EEIC shall publish the public data held in the register in web within ten days

  12. STORING OF THE DATA • EEIC shall maintain the archives of the environmental register. • Data shall be retained in the archives for indefinite time.

  13. Environmental Register web application Environmental Indicators web application Environmental Monitoring webpage SoE reports, thematic reports etc National, EU and international environmental data reporting MAIN OUTPUTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTER

  14. Develop web application according to user needs Rise the quality of data Improve inquiries Accessibility to other information systems (eg SEIS) Develop geo-database Implementation of INSPIRE directive in the environmental data handling FUTURE PLANS

  15. Environmental permits of natural resources, waste, water and air Integrated environmental permits, packaging recovery certificate, polychlorinated biphenylinventory sheets, consignment notes and handling licences for hazardous waste GMOs CITES species State Packaging Register IS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITS

  16. Type of waste produced and handled in Estonia Quantity of generated and handled waste Origin of generated and handled waste Data regarding waste handlers Waste producers Waste brokers Waste handling sites Transboundary movement of waste IS OF WASTE DATA

  17. Estonian nature conservation areas and protected natural monuments Imported individuals of introduced species Key biotopes The Book of Virgin Nature Game trophy data Hunting district data Habitats and Estonian protected species Species registered in Estonia Documents related to protected objects Place of finding of introduced species Naturally sensitive areas Risk areas of environmentally hazardous objects Groundwater intakes Surface water intakes Waterbodies Marine islands Waste management facilities Depositories of radioactive waste Environment monitoring data IS OF ESTONIAN

  18. data about stationary sources: emissions of pollutants (by companies, counties, sectors of economy, total of Estonia) use of fuels (by counties, total of Estonia) use of solvents, paints and adhesives data about area sources of pollution: Emissions are calculated by administrative units (county), on the basis of data from the Statistical Office and emission factors (emission per production/energy unit) IS OF AIR POLLUTION SOURCES

  19. IS WATER State Environmental Register Output MoE + County Environmental Departments + State Inspectorate Surface water Estonian Statistical Office Eurostat Groundwater European Commission European Environment Agency Marine water Helcom Estonian-Russian Intergovernmental Transboundary Water Commission Water use Public

  20. results of fuel (petrol and diesel) monitoring since 2006 (fuel monitoring itself has been done in Estonia since 2004) location of gas stations reports of liquid fuel quality to the European Commission SOON: monitoring data on light heating oils, heavy fuel oils, biofuels and ship fuel FUEL MONITORING DATABASE

  21. products of concern produced in Estonia marketed in Estonia imported in Estonia exported from Estonia producers of products of concern recovery of waste generated from products of concern utilisation of waste generated from products of concern REGISTER OF PRODUCTS OF CONCERN

  22. Estonian Environment Information Centre Mustamäe tee 33 10616 Tallinn ESTONIA Phone +372 673 7577 Fax +372 673 7599

  23. IS of Environmental Permits. Erkki Meikas, Deputy Director of EEIC IS of Estonian Nature. Uudo Timm, Head of Environmental Register Bureau, EEIC Estonian Environmental Register. Uudo Timm, Head of Environmental Register Bureau, EEIC DEMOS