The European Environment Agency (EEA) has recently published its latest Multiannual Work Programme (MAWP), which covers the five years between 2014 and 2018. The MAWP provides strategic direction to support environmental policy in Europe and addresses the priorities raised in the European Union's (EU) Seventh Environment Action Plan (7th EAP), which was adopted in November 2013. Read more…
The MAWP reflects the policy changes made in the past five years and is influenced by a number of key developments. One of them is the 7th EAP, which aims to improve the quality of life of European citizens, while safeguarding natural resources and ecosystems. The 7th EAP focuses on nine different policy priorities. Developing the knowledge and evidence base that will be used by European environmental policy makers is one of those priorities and this is also a main theme of the MAWP.
To support the development of the required knowledge base, the EEA will be focusing on four strategic areas in the next five years.
The first area will focus on informing policy implementation. This will be achieved through reporting on the current state of natural environment systems and the progress of different sectors towards existing targets.
The second area will cover the assessment of systemic challenges. This will involve an integrated approach to assessing Europe’s progress towards the implementation of the 7th EAP and will cover different areas such as biodiversity, climate and energy, and broader aspirations, such as the green economy.
Knowledge co-creation, sharing and use will make up the third strategic area. This will involve the development of partnerships and networks, through which the EEA can exchange information with relevant European and global stakeholders.
The fourth strategic area will cover EEA management to ensure strict adherence to rules and regulations and efficient operations.
The EEA’s Scientific Committee will be supporting the EEA in the implementation of the MAWP and has developed a five-year work plan to achieve that. The plan includes specific priorities, such as providing input to EEA work and the development of its knowledge base; collaborating with the Management Board, the European Environment Information and Observation Network (Eionet) and the European Topic Centres; supporting the European Environment Academy; and strengthening the links between the EEA and the broader scientific community.
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