2nd workshop 3-4 September

2nd workshop on Environmental Information Sytems

Date: September 3 and 4, 2018,
Venue: European Environment Agency
Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Are you involved in active dissemination of environmental information? This workshop needs your input and you are invited to join!

This workshop is designed according to principles and requirements of the project ‘Promotion of good practices for national environmental information systems and tools for data harvesting at EU level’. The project has started at the beginning of October 2017 and is supported by the Commission under framework contract ENV.D.4/FRA/2016/0003. The main purpose is to explore means to retrieve environmental information from existing Environmental Information Systems (EIS) which are around in Europe. If environmental information becomes more easily available you, as a stakeholder can better inform yourself. It also aims at minimising the efforts to report the same information more than once. This will benefit the public, business and public authorities.

Why attend the workshop?

Since this work can assist you in your day to day work it is important to participate to bring in ideas and feedback to shape the results of the project. This is the second workshop of three, all held in 2018.

In the first workshop we had a closer look on ‘Environmental Information Systems’, any website or portal providing information on the environment. The workshop set the boundaries for the work in the project by focusing on ‘What EISs are around?’ and  ‘What will define a good EIS?’ An inventory of all EISs around in Europe is presented and additions are made.

What will define a good EIS?

In the second workshop we will continue the discussion and what is good practice for active dissemination of environmental information. We want to look at examples and on first guiding principles to make this work. The results will be used to report country wise on the current practice. This reports, the EIS country fiches will go into consultation  in October/November to receive feedback form all countries on the findings. The fiches show an evaluation, not an assessment and will also guide the project team to define guidance to improve active dissemination.

You can find the draft program below and this will be updated when changes are known.  You also can find the form to register for the workshop here. There is limited space and we can accommodate about 60 people and would like to have participants of all member states.


time Draft program
3-9 First day of workshop
13:00 Registration
13:30 Welcome, introductory round & introduction Commission
14.15 Introduction to the project  and program workshop Contractor
14:30 Presentation NWR ?(tbc) tbc
15:00 Country fiches and guidance:

·       Introduction

·       Criteria: governance, content, sharing, usability

·       Legal framework

·       Overview of evaluation results/current state focus on governance and content

15:45 Coffee break
16:00 Break-out sessions: What to take home as next step in improving national environmental information active dissemination with regards to governance and content. Contractor/experts
17:00 Sharing results break-out sessions
17:30 Closure Contractor/experts
4-9 Second day of workshop
9.00 Program today, summary of day 1 and overview evaluation focus on sharing and usability Contractor/experts
9:15 Presentation UNECE/Aarhus convention secretariat? (tbc) tbc


Break-out sessions: What to take home as next step in improving national environmental information active dissemination with regards to governance and content. Contractor/experts
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Sharing break-out results Contractor/experts
11.30 Sharing and harvesting Contractor/experts
12.00 Lunch
13.30 User needs EU level for proof of concept for sharing and harvesting Contractor/experts
14.00 Break-out sessions: MS view on response to EU needs

·       IS EU-need recognized

·       How can MS contribute

15.00 Feedback ‘Commission’ on the workshop results Commission
15.45-16.00 Closure Contractor/experts


Survey EISs

In the project we collected as much as possible EISs in the Member States. We are aware we couldn’t  find everthing, so, you are most welcome to add to that list through the survey.

Go to the survey.