Annual report 2011 and Environmental statement 2012

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The EEA strategy 2009–2013
The EEA strategy 2009–2013 is the fourth multi-annual work programme. It builds on the successful delivery of our previous strategy, which established the Agency as a key provider of environmental data, information and knowledge in Europe.

The core objective of the current strategy is to continue to produce European, pan-European and regional environment-related data and indicator sets, integrated environmental assessments and thematic analyses in order to provide a sound decision basis for EU and member country environmental policy.

The new strategy builds upon the EU's 6th Environment Action Programme, projecting its four key priorities up to 2013, and addressing new initiatives and challenges as they emerge. It also helps define the multi-annual work programme, as required by the regulation establishing the EEA, defining priorities for EEA work in the period up to 2013.

The 2011 work programme
During 2011, in addition to regular, ongoing activities and specific work for the Hungarian and Polish EU presidencies, the EEA placed extra emphasis on four major areas dealt with briefly below:

  • resource efficiency, the green economy and physical ecosystem accounting;
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • implementing new information and communication technology (ICT) to support environmental observation, monitoring, reporting and assessment;
  • supporting environmental reporting within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Arctic.

Resource efficiency, the green economy and physical ecosystem accounting

The 2011 work programme was developed around the related topics of natural capital and ecosystem services (as expressed in the SOER 2010 Synthesis (1)) as integrating concepts for many environmental and sectoral issues. Related topics included resource use and efficiency, policy integration and coherence, eco-innovation, green infrastructure, fiscal reforms, resource accounting, indicators and data.

During 2011, the EEA was well‑positioned to contribute to the development of resource efficiency policy as a result of its continuing work on biodiversity, terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, sustainable consumption and production and sectoral indicators, waste and recycling industries, environmental externalities, ecological tax reform and environmental ecosystem accounting. The work in 2011 was undertaken in close cooperation with the Eurostat data centre and the newly formed unit on environmental accounts and climate change.

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