SEIS development and regular environment assessment since the Astana conference Adriana Gheorghe European Environment Agency
Shared Environmental Information SystemFrom national to regional to global National assessments Regional (EEA) assessments National data, information, analyses and assessments Global assessments
SEIS addresses the whole Policy Cycle (1) Issue identification (6) Policy measure effectiveness (2) Issue framing MDIAK Knowledge Base (5) Policy measure implementation (3) Policy measure identification (4) Policy measure development / adoption
SEIS principles Information should be: • managed as close as possible to its source • collected once, and shared with others for many purposes • readily available and easy accessible • accessible to enable users to make comparisons at the appropriate geographical scale • fully available to the general public at national level in the relevant national language(s) • supported through common, free open software standards.
SEIS components • Data • Indicators • Assessments • … Content Infra-structure Co-operation • Networks • Governance • Agreements • … • SDI -Spatial Development Infrastructure • Standards • Web services • …
EEA in cooperation with stakeholders: Developing the basis on which to implement the process: Outline of the process (Oct 2012) Taking stock of progress: Review of progress (Oct 2013) Extending SEIS and the regular assessment process to the pan-European region
In countries: Increased use of core indicators/data flows in national SOERs (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan…) A more sustainable national SOER reporting process (Kyrgyzstan, Georgia…) Modern tools for information sharing (Moldova, Kazakhstan…) Increased cooperation between networks (env. & statistics..) Reflected in recent EPRs - addressing SEIS and regular reporting (Albania, Croatia, Moldova, Morocco) Where do we see progress? (1)
InPolicy and legal initiatives: clear reference to SEIS in7EAP, Copernicus, Arctic policy… In SEIS-related projects: found across the region ENP/SEIS, FLERMONECA, AWARE, AoA+, Caspian Environment Information System… In organisations: promoting SEIS principles (UNECE, LRTAP, PRTR, RECs, UNEP,…) In global processes: SEIS-related initiatives in Rio+20 outcome, UNEP-Live… However, progress is uneven and information is patchy Where do we see progress? (2)
No joint-responsibility to monitor overall progress in SEIS and regular reporting Required actions: Established partnership for regular information exchange (Eionet-type); Exchange data and information from MEAs & organisations & strengthen interaction between existing networks Share tool & methodologies Agree on performance indicators to assess progress Establish coordination mechanism to track & assess progress and coordinate future regular assessment and reporting (e.g. “Friends of SEIS” group under UNECE) Why is progress uneven and information patchy?
No clear responsibility and ownership across the reporting chain Required actions: Consolidate the national SOE reporting base; Increase use/reuse of core environmental indicators Tailor/focus reporting demands on a clear/pre- defined need Review, re-connect and integrate existing processes (pan-European forest, health, EfE; GEO…) Why is progress uneven and information patchy?
Learning from each other:SEIS ENPI - Cookbook • A set of case studies collected from EEA Member and Cooperating countries and ENPI partner countries. • A SEIS Checklist to help assess the status of SEIS development and identify gaps and areas for further enhancement. • Steps to be considered when planning SEIS implementation. • Useful links. http://www.seiscookbook.net A living document open for new contributions….
SEIS side-event in Aarhus MOP in July 2014 Participation in“Friends of SEIS” group (inputs from the Central Asia countries?) More institutional engagement in SEIS related projects in the region (e.g. Flermoneca) Strengthen the role of regional partners (e.g. CAREC) Include SEIS in all thematic initiatives as basis for cooperation and information sharing How to bring this process forward
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