European Environment Agency (EEA)

EEA Annual report 2012 and Environmental statement 2013


Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

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 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 through 2013.

The 2012 work programme
The EEA annual work programme 2012 outlined below is the fourth work programme of the EEA 2009–2013 strategy. It is based on six strategic areas; four covering the thematic work of the EEA, information services and communications, and two covering governance, partnerships and administration of the EEA, as follows:

  1. Environmental themes
  2. Cross-cutting themes
  3. Integrated environmental assessment
  4. Information services and communications
  5. EEA governance and partnerships
  6. EEA internal management and administration.

During 2012, in addition to its regular, on-going activities and specific work for the EU Presidencies of Denmark and Cyprus, major priorities continued 2011 work and included:

  • resource efficiency, the green economy and ecosystem accounting;
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • implementation and development of information and communications technology (ICT) to support environmental observation, monitoring, reporting, assessment;
  • supporting environmental reporting and the implementation of SEIS and INSPIRE within the EEA countries and the European Neighbourhood (east and south) and Russia and inter alia the Mediterranean and Arctic.

Resource efficiency, the green economy and physical ecosystem accounting

Again in 2012, work programme was developed around the related topics of natural capital and ecosystem services as integrating concepts for many environmental and sectorial issues. Related topics included resource use and efficiency, policy integration and coherence, eco-innovation, green infrastructure, fiscal reforms, resource accounting, indicators and data.

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