In Europe there is a need to work towards an improved and shared information infrastructure, which shall allow better use and reuse of environmental data and information. The objective is to provide better access to environmental data supporting more effective implementation and management practices, including decision-making tools and assessment of policies, such as the system of environmental indicators. The electronic Environmental infrastructure must enable provision of more harmonised and higher quality environmental data and thereby information products. Reducing the reporting burden at the national level through streamlining the data flows, will provide the international reporting community with better, faster and more policy-relevant information. Projects on eEnvironment infrastructure should follow up the recommendations of the below mentioned initiatives and develop IT solutions to show how best practises of these ambitions can be achieved. The initiatives, which should be steering this process, are defining these business cases for improved environmental data definition and exchange. One is the Reportnet initiative of the European Environment Agency and its Pan-European EIONET network on streamlining the reporting, the other is INSPIRE, a DG Environment led initiative with major European partners like Eurostat and the Joint Research Centre as well as member countries participating. INSPIRE aims at making agreements around an improved spatial data infrastructure in Europe and put them in place. This framework raises a demand for network building in order to develop new IT applications, improving business process and knowledge management in the Environmental domain.
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