Eionet and other EEA partners
The information provided by the EEA comes from a wide range of sources. A network of national environmental bodies was set up to work with the EEA — Eionet — which involves more than 300 institutions across Europe. The EEA is responsible for developing the network and coordinating its activities. To do this, we work closely with National Focal Points (as in the figure below) — typically national environment agencies or environment ministries in member countries. They are responsible for coordinating the activities of Eionet at national level.
Among other tasks, NFPs develop and maintain the national network, identify national information sources, capture and channel data and information from monitoring and other activities, help the EEA analyse information and assist in communicating EEA information to end-users in member countries.
Other important partners and information sources are European and international organisations, such as the Statistical Office (Eurostat) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). The EEA cooperates closely with these organisations in producing information and assessments for its clients and target groups. The EEA also takes part in and acts as the secretariat for the informal network of Environment Protection Agencies in Europe.