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Water police picture Air and sea patrol by the Italian police.
©Commission Audiovisual Library
Mar 11 2008

The European Commission has published three working documents describing the current state in the offshore government activities in the coastal EU Member States and maritime surveillance at EU level. These documents are seen as an initial response to the aim of the integrated EU Integrated Maritime Policy to provide tools for joined-up policy-making in the EU.

The Danube at Budapest The Danube at Budapest
©EC (2002)
Mar 10 2008

The first international system for forecasting Danube floods and providing early flood warning was launched today by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) and the Joint Research Centre.

Bled, Slovenia Bled, Slovenia
©S. Jerai and B. Jakae - Jerai
Mar 07 2008

The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) is a partner in the organisation of the ninth edition of the Bled Forum on Europe, a scientific event involving NGO's, governmental bodies, research institutions and the business sector. This year's edition intends to identify some of the key challenges posed by climate change and to put forward internationally coordinated responses to the identified challenges.

road network map TRANSTOOLS - combining advanced modelling techniques
Mar 05 2008

The European Commission adopted today a package of measures aimed at improving transport connections between the European Union and its neighbours. It proposed a mandate in view to negotiate a Transport Community Treaty with the Western Balkans and reported on the good progress in the exploratory talks that followed the adoption of the "Guidelines for transport in Europe and neighbouring regions".

Envisat: Aftermath of Greek fires, August 2007 Envisat: Aftermath of Greek fires, August 2007
Mar 05 2008

The European Commission has adopted a Communication on reinforcing the Union's Disaster Response capacity. In order to respond to the growing challenges posed by natural and man-made disasters, the communication proposes that the European Union strengthens its abilities at home and abroad to provide civil protection and humanitarian assistance. The Commission has undertaken a screening exercise of all its existing resources and puts forward as a first step an action plan of specific measures to be implemented before the end of 2008. As a concrete example, the communication includes a specific focus on how to improve the Union's response to forest fires.

The JRC is supporting the EU's disaster response and civil protection activities in many areas. The European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) is one of the cornerstones of this action plan. EFFIS, managed by the JRC Institute for Environment ans Sustainability (IES), provides the fire danger forecast (currently up to 6 days forecast) during the fire season helping in improving preparedness for forest fire fighting. In addition, EFFIS monitors the forest fire situation in Europe through the provision of information of active fires (hot spots) and the rapid assessment of forest fire damages in the countries. This information is critical for the Member States and the Commission in cases of catastrophic fire events (e.g. Portugal 2003 or Greece 2007) and facilitates the work of the Union's Monitoring and Information Center in is work of coordination of forest fire fighting.

The JRC IES also develops the European Flood Alert System (EFAS), that will be capable of providing medium-range flood simulations across Europe with a lead-time (time between the detection and the arrival of the flood) of between 3 to 10 days.

With its expertise in satellite images analysis and information technologies, the JRC Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) is conducting several activities to provide scientific and technical support in crisis situations. IPSC's work supports different phases, from crisis preparedness to damage assessment, including also early warning, alerting and situational monitoring. Some recent examples of IPSC's activities in support to Crisis Management are:

Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA) Logo Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA)
Mar 04 2008

The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) organises the Third International Seville Conference on Future-Oriented Technology Analysis (FTA). The 2008 FTA Conference is being organised with specific focus on the “impacts and implications of FTA for policy and decision making”.

Capacity reduction and effort limitation are major tools in fisheries management Capacity reduction and effort limitation are major tools in fisheries management
Feb 26 2008

The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by Council of its proposal for a regulation establishing an EU framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new framework retains and builds on the proven features of the existing data collection system. It also introduces provisions to meet the new developments following the 2002 Reform of the CFP, in particular the move towards fisheries- or fleet-based management as opposed to managing individual stocks, the integration of environmental data, and the shift towards an ecosystem-based approach. The Commission will shortly introduce a proposal for detailed implementing rules.

Feb 21 2008

Through this first user survey, the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) intends to collect information about the way ERAWATCH users perceive and use the online information platform, as well as to gather suggestions and expectations to support the service's future evolution. The survey will be open until March 14, 2008.

part of a building Eurocodes - standards for the construction sector
Feb 18 2008

10 European standards for design of construction works will provide a common approach for the design of buildings and other civil engineering works as of 2010. These "Eurocodes" will boost business in this sector by removing technical barriers to trade with construction products and services within the European Union. They will improve quality of products and services, and will create new job opportunities in the construction sector, which currently covers 28% of industrial employment in the EU.

Cultivated soil picture Cultivated soil allows the production of crops that are essential for human existence.
©(photo by Erika Micheli)
Feb 16 2008

Soil scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) today showcased important new techniques for measuring soil degradation and fertility and called for greater global recognition of the critical role soil plays in determining the health of the planet, affecting a range of the Earth’s ‘vital signs’ ranging from food production to flood prevention and management.