2nd workshop 3-4 September

2nd workshop on Environmental Information Systems

Note: the workshop has already been passed

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 the 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 in October 2017 and is supported by the Commission under framework contract ENV.D.4/FRA/2016/0003. Its main purpose is to explore means to retrieve environmental information from existing European Environmental Information Systems (EIS) which are around. If environmental information becomes more easily available or is better accessible, you as a stakeholder can better inform yourself. This will be beneficial not only for you, but also for the general public, business and public authorities. The project also aims at minimising the efforts to report the same information more than once.

Why attend the workshop?

Since the results of this work can assist you in your day to day work, your participation is important 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. This workshop has set the boundaries for the work in the project by focusing on ‘What EISs are around?’ and  ‘What defines a good EIS?’ An inventory of all EISs around in Europe has been presented and additions have been made.

What defines a good EIS?

In the second workshop we will continue the discussion on what are good practices for active dissemination of environmental information. We want to look at examples and decide on first guiding principles to make this work. The results will be used to report per country on current practices. These reports, the EIS country fiches will go into consultation  in October/November 2018 in order 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.


On Tuesday we wil have a presentation by Maryna Yanush titled ‘ The  Aarhus convention as a driver for  active dissemination of environmental information’. Maryna Yanush has been working as an Environmental Affairs Officer at the UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat since 2010. She supports the work on access to information and access to justice as well as capacity-building. She has 17 years of professional experience dealing with various aspects of development, implementation of and compliance with environmental law at the national and international levels. She graduated from the Law Faculty of the Belarusian State University with honour and holds a Master degree in Comparative, European and International Law from the Maastricht University.

You can find the draft program below.


time Draft program
3-9 Monday September 3, 2018
13:00 Registration

(please note entering EEA, Security will check your national ID/passport/driving licence)

13:30 Welcome, introductory round & introduction Stefan Jensen,        Adam-Daniel Nagy
14.15 Introduction to the project  and program workshop Jandirk Bulens
14:30 User experiences
15:00 Country fiches and guidance:

  • Introduction
  • Criteria: governance, content, sharing, usability
  • Overview of evaluation results/current state focus on governance and content
Wies Vullings
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. Wies Vullings
17:00 Sharing results break-out sessions
17:30 Closure Jandirk Bulens
19:00 Social dinner

Dalle Valle – Fiolstræde 3, 1171 København (15 mins walking)

4-9 Tuesday September 4, 2018
9.00 Program today, summary of day 1 and overview evaluation focus on sharing and usability Jandirk Bulens
9:15 The  Aarhus convention as a driver for  active dissemination of environmental information Maryna Yanush

Environmental Affairs Officer
Aarhus Convention Secretariat
Environment Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

9:45 Break-out sessions: What to take home as next step in improving national environmental information active dissemination: Usability and sharing Wies Vullings
10.45 Coffee break
11.00 Sharing break-out results
11.30 Sharing and harvesting of environmental Information, an overview Onno Roosenschoon
12.00 Lunch
13.30 User needs EU level for proof of concept for sharing and harvesting Jandirk Bulens
14.00 Break-out sessions: MS view on response to EU needs:

  • Discussion on EU use cases
  • How can MS contribute
Jandirk Bulens
14:45 Sharing break-out results
15.00 Feedback ‘Commission’ on the workshop results Adam-Daniel Nagy, Joeri Robbrecht
15.45-16.00 Closure Jandirk Bulens,   Adam-Daniel Nagy

Survey EISs

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

Go to the survey.