EEA annual report 2010 and environmental statement 2011


Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

The EEA 2009–2013 Strategy

The EEA 2009–2013 Strategy is the fourth Multi‑annual Work Programme. It builds upon the successful delivery of our previous strategy, which established the Agency as a key provider in Europe of environmental data, information and knowledge.

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 the EU and member countries' environmental policies.

The new strategy builds upon the 6th EAP, projecting its four key priorities into the period to 2013, and addressing new initiatives and challenges as they emerge. It also helps define the multi-annual work programme (as required by the EEA Regulation), defining priorities for the EEA's work in the period up to 2013.

The 2010 work programme

During 2010, in addition to regular, ongoing activities and specific work for the Spanish and Belgian presidencies, the EEA placed extra emphasis on five major areas dealt with briefly below:

  • SOER 2010 and wider European assessments
    • Production of the SOER 2010 was a key task, which was delivered on time and according to plan. The report provides inputs for an evaluation of existing policy and future priorities. SOER 2010 involved almost all sections of the EEA and specific references are made in the thematic areas that follow in this report to give the reader a sense of this cross-agency involvement.
    • Work also continued on the establishment of shared environmental information systems (SEIS) to support the continuous and/or regular updating of state and outlook environmental reports, assessments and benchmarking within EEA countries, the Mediterranean and wider European regions.
  • Climate change and adaptation

Work on climate change concentrated on:

  • the development of the strategic orientation of the EEA's work on climate change mitigation and adaptation following the outcomes of the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen at the end of 2009, reflecting key EU policies such as the climate change and energy package, transport, regional development and agriculture;
  • evaluation of information on climate change impacts, through the EU Clearinghouse on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation in close collaboration with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Environment (DG Environment) and Joint Research Centre (JRC);
  • developing an ecosystem perspective for agriculture and forestry, including relevant observing, monitoring and assessment requirements, in response to any agreements in Copenhagen on reducing emissions from deforestation and land use change, in cooperation with JRC;

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