The ETC/BD primarily supports EEA Strategic Area (SA) 1: Informing policy implementation and, more specifically, project group 1.7 Biodiversity and ecosystems, agriculture and forests, the activities of which cut across several thematic domains (SA 1.1 Air pollution and noise, SA 1.4 Climate change adaptation and LULUCF, SA 1.5 Water management, resources and ecosystems, SA 1.6 Marine and coastal environment and maritime activities, and SA 1.8 Urban, land use and soil).

The ETC/BD Action Plan (AP) 2019 will group the work in seven work areas that correspond to the respective projects in the EEA annual work programme (AWP) 2019.

The work is focusing on 2 main areas and related cross-cutting and supporting tasks:

  • Support to the implementation of the nature directives, Natura 2000 and protected areas in general via the CDDA and Emerald network (beyond EU28) and all related data flows and reporting formats. Work in 2019 will mainly focus on activities related to the Action plan for nature, people and the environment, with EEA-relevant actions on improving the knowledge- base, develop and maintain all relevant data flows, including CDDA and Natura 2000 and, in particular, preparations of the next reporting cycle of the Nature Directives including its assessment (State of Nature report 2020) and its relation to the reporting under the IAS Regulation.
  • The above is feeding into the preparation of the EEA support to the final evaluation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 (BD2020 strategy) and into the support to European Commission-coordinated MAES activities and work on green infrastructure. This area includes the development of the SEBI indicator set as a main tool to deliver progress reporting under the above-mentioned processes. It provides input for the Biodiversity information system for Europe (BISE) that provides a cross-cutting platform for the dissemination of Biodiversity information across all targets of the BD2020 strategy. The work on MAES specifically focuses on the integration of nature reporting data into an integrated assessment and linking it to policy relevant narratives e.g. on wetlands.