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8 th EIONET workshop on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (24 June 2014). EEA activities. Andr Jol H ead of group vulnerability and adaptation, EEA. EEA multi annual work programme 2014-2018. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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8th EIONET workshop on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation (24 June 2014)EEA activitiesAndr Jol Head of group vulnerability and adaptation, EEAClick to edit Master title styleeea.europa.euEEA multi annual work programme 2014-2018To be the prime source of knowledge at European level informing the implementation of European and national environment and climate policies;

To be a leading knowledge centre on the knowledge needed to support long term transition challenges and objectives;

To be the lead organisation at European level facilitating knowledge-sharing and capacity -building in the field of environment and climate change.See: http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/multiannual-work-programme-2014-2018

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a crucial moment for EuropeAssessing systemic challenges

Goal - To be a centre of knowledge creation, exchange and use on long term systemic challenges and societal transitionsAchieve by 2018 - Prompt delivery of SOER2015 and annual indicator reports, and measurable recognition in the 7EAP evaluation process.Resource-efficient economy and the environmentEnvironment, human health and well-beingMegatrends and transitionsSustainability assessments and state of the environment reporting

Key goal and objectives

Goal To assess systemic challenges in the context of short, medium and long-term transitions and signal opportunities for (re)framing / recalibration of environmental policy

objectivesProviding support to improving synergies and policy coherence across environmental, economic and social systems by applying established and experimental integrated assessment techniques and prospective analysis, both with a short and a long time perspective.

The work is in support of a long term vision for 2050 set out in the 7th EAP. It underpins policy initiatives in the Europe 2020 strategy, including the EU climate and energy package, the Roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050, the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, the Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe and the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative.

Areas of activities, strategic area 2

Challenge to respond to the unprecedented change, interconnected risks and increased vulnerabilities the European environment faces (increasing complexity, and appreciation of the human-made systemic risks and vulnerabilities which threaten long-term ecosystem security.)

A fundamental transition to a green economy as called for, for example, in the Roadmap to a Resource-efficient Europe, the Low Carbon Economy Roadmap, the Energy Roadmap, the EUs climate policies, and the 7th EAP requires proper consideration of the interplay between socio-economic and environmental factors, and an understanding of the linkages between environmental trends, emerging issues, associated uncertainties and the resulting systemic risks.

Assessing these systemic risks is the focus of SA2 area, with the 5 year state of the environment reports (SOER) and annual indicator reports being the vehicles for drawing together all the relevant threads of knowledge developed through the activities in SA1 and 2.

The need to provide a path to renewed economic growth and job creation in response to the current severe economic crises facing Europe and longer term prospects is widely acknowledged. In its simplest form, the overarching policy concept of a green economy recognises that ecosystems, the economy and human well-being, and the related types of capital they represent, are intrinsically linked.

Performance indicators

For future policy target identification in a green economy setting it is appropriate to consider more fundamentally the relationship between the three pillars of green economy where both the economy and the society are constrained by environmental limits.

In this model, the economy exists within society, and both the economy and society exist within the environment. Targets can then be set and indicators established to measure the extent to which these boundaries are respected.

Against this backdrop, EEA, in partnership with others and with ETC support, will continue to ensure that the environmental dimension is properly addressed in the broad green economy (and green society) agenda. This includes reflections on emerging challenges and pathways to the future that can facilitate the inclusion of environmental considerations such as ecosystem resilience and discussions about societal transition and governance models.

Assessing these interplays is the overarching focus of SA2 and as such aims to support especially priority objectives 1-3 and 5 of the 7th EAP. Furthermore, work under SA2.4 supports the evaluation of the 7th EAP, as stated in the 7th EAP itself.

3European policies recognise the challengeand embrace ambitious visions for a sustainable society

In 2050, we live well, within the planet's ecological limits. Our prosperity and healthy environment stem from an innovative, circular economy where nothing is wasted and where natural resources are managed sustainably, and biodiversity is protected, valued and restored in ways that enhance our society's resilience. Our low-carbon growth has long been decoupled from resource use, setting the pace for a global safe and sustainable society.

Source: 7th Environmental Action ProgrammeOther EU policies offer similar perspectives: Europe 2020 Strategy, EU Energy Roadmap 2050, Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, Roadmap for a competative low carbon economy in 2050, etc.4SOER 2015A suite of product(s): short briefs + up-to-date indicatorsFLISindicators EEA indicatorsEEA & country indicatorsGMT fichesthematic fichescountry fiches & cross-country comparison fiches

Synthesis report

3 indicator reports & stakeholder workshop201220132014Synthesis & DerivativesGlobal Megatrends (Europe in global context)Thematic SOE informationCountry-levelSOE information

Signals 2015 and other derivatives??SOER 2015 OnlineSOER 2015 In PrintGMESCDRSERISRODReportnetETDSAoAGEMETSENSEIMSSENSESENSESENSEData CentresSDIGCIEyeonEarthDiscomapSOE onlineRelated (flanking) activitiesFLISIMSSENSEABCSYN5SOER 2015The path from SOER 2010 to SOER 201520102011 - Reflecting2012 - Planning2013 - Preparing2014 - Producing2015

SOER 2015 Project PlanSOER 2015 Implementation PlanDraft selection of Part B and Part C topics (incl. Eionet consultation)Final selection of focus for all parts (by Dec) - Phase 1First Draft Part B & Part C (by Mar), Part A & Synthesis (by May) - Phase 2Publication of SOER 2015Quality assurance and Eionet consultation (including MB Seminar ) - Phase 3Second Draft Part B & Part C (by Jul), Part A & Synthesis (by Sep) - Phase 4Final quality assurance, final updates, SOER 2015 Online finalisation (by Nov) - Phase 56

SOER 2015Part B Thematic fichesFocus: A series of brief summaries of state and trend in key environmental themes, guide through EEA knowledge base.

Progress: First draft of 25 thematic fiches by end of March; feedback from 25 countries, Commission Services, Scientific Com.

Next steps: Second (internal) draft fiches to be developed by Jul 2014; final draft fiches to be developed by Oct/Nov 2014.

Next for Eionet: Factual check of final draft fiches Oct/Nov 2014.B7

SOER 2015Next steps: Eionet involvement requestedFeedback on draft SOER 2015 Synthesis (Chapters 1 to 5) Please send comments by email using review template; by 15 July 2014 Please reserve time for review of full draft Synthesis; in September 2014

(2) Eionet consultation 10 global megatrend fiches (Part A) Using the online fiche management commenting system; by 11 July 2014

(3) Eionet revision of country fiches (Part C)Using the online fiche management system; by end of July 2014Editorial (language) support provided by EEA throughout the month of August

(4) Country perspectives to cross-country comparison fiches (Part C) Based on second draft fiches, EEA will provide guidance on this during summer8

a crucial moment for EuropeInforming policy implementation

Goal - Improve content, accessibility and use of European-level environmental information.Achieve by 2018 - Measurable uptake of EEA findings, and the timely and reliable delivery of outputs.

Urban, land use and soilWaste and material resources

Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptationBiodiversity, ecosystems, agriculture and forests

Air pollution, transport and noiseIndustrialPollutionWater management, resources and ecosystems

Marine and maritime, fisheries and coastalClimate change mitigation and energyGoal, objectives

Failing to implement environment legislation is estimated to cost the EU around 50 billion every year in public health costs and direct costs to the environment (COM(2012)95 Final).

Targeting knowledge about implementation is paramount. This covers providing knowledge about the expected impacts of environmental policies. Better information at national, regional and local level would allow identification of the main problems and the most appropriate and efficient ways to address them.

The 7th EAP calls for simplifying, streamlining and modernising environmental and climate change data and information collection, management and sharing; a greater application of principle of the Shared Environmental Information System of "report once, use often" would help streamline information demands and usability

The EEA and Eionet at national and European level will ensure a continuous and targeted coverage and flow of data and information around the many correlated themes, and about their inter-linkages.

With strong support from the European Topic Centres across all areas, the Agency should thus contribute with others partners (ESTAT, JRC, research bodies, regional and international partners etc.) to filling gaps in the knowledge base in order to allow policy responses to be optimised.

Areas of activities, strategic area 1

Given the nature of environmental challenges, the principal areas of activity of the Agency all require a continuous, long-term focus.

The current policy priorities, of air pollution, climate change, water management, nature protection, land use and natural resources, waste management, noise, coastal and marine protection will be continued across the 2014-2018 period (Chemicals are covered under SA2).

It is already evident that requests for EEA support in several of these core areas will increase in the coming years.

Such activities and developments also include the need to continue to focus on key economic sectors such as energy, transport, agriculture and fisheries, which are among the foremost sources of pressures on the environment.

EEA indicator and assessment activities, along the DPSIR analytical framework, are already firmly established in these areas and will be enhanced; resources permitting, other important sectors such as tourism will be covered with the view to informing policy progress and accountability.

Performance indicators

In 2018 we want to be judged upon achieving these objectives:Tailor, harmonise and speed up data-flows (including near-real-time where appropriate), and their integration in information systemsTimely provision, analysis and dissemination of data sets, indicators and assessmentsClose important information gaps by further developing concepts, analytical methods and indicators to better understand the inter-linkages between different themes and sectors in support of enhanced policy coherence.Mainstream new data and information needs through incorporating the outcomes of EU-FP7 and Horizon 2020 research projects, as well as of similar ventures at international level;Continuous active engagement with stakeholders as a policy-science interface across themes and sectors to ensure relevant findings are taken up and used

9Action 6. Climate proofing the Common Agricultural Policy, Cohesion Policy, and the Common Fisheries PolicyAction 7. Making infrastructure more resilientAction 8. Promote products & services by insurance and finance markets Priority 3: Key vulnerable sectorsAction 4. Knowledge-gap strategyAction 5. Climate-ADAPTPriority 2: Better informed decision-makingAction 1. Encourage MS to adopt Adaptation Strategies and action plansAction 2. LIFE funding, including adaptation priority areas Action 3. Promoting adaptation action by cities along the Covenant of Mayors initiative Priority 1: Promoting action by Member StatesThe EU CC adaptation strategy (2013)ClimateActionACTION 1: We know that not enough MS have developed their own national adaptation strategies (16 to date). We have tried to identify the reasons for inaction. There are three types of barriers: knowledge, financial and political reluctance. We tried to provide instruments to address each of them with the elements included in the package: Guidelines, Financing opportunities, a review of where we stand in 2017, on the basis of a Scoreboard. These guidelines and funding are there for regional strategies too. ACTION 2: Action 2 is about trying to provide some further prioritisation to the use of the new LIFE Climate sub-programme, and in particular its climate change adaptation component. We believe this is actually a very good opportunity to implement and demonstrate on the ground the benefits of climate change adaptation. This being said, it is not the only funding instrument available for adaptation projects under the EU budget: we will say more on this later. The priority areas identified here are the ones where we feel expected high impact intersects with high population concentration in the EU: floods and coastal management; urban environment; mountain and island areas; drought-prone areas. We expect regions to be among the primary applicants for LIFE funding and thus among the main beneficiaries. ACTION 3: Adaptation action is often an issue at regional or local level, certainly when it comes to implementation. Moreover, we know that cities are particularly sensitive to the effects of a changing climate. So, we wanted to promote additional action by cities, in particular building on the climate adaptation for European cities initiative we launched in 2012. Our primary objective is to reach political commitment to adaptation at urban level. This will be expressed through voluntary commitments to adopt local adaptation strategies and awareness-raising activities. We areACTION 4:Important progress has been made on knowledge generation and dissemination since the adoption of the 2009 White Paper. Inter alia, we are learning from FP7 and DG REGIO projects, and have a very active cooperation with the EEA and with the JRC. But we remain aware of important gaps that would need to be filled. Funding is available (35% of Horizon 2020 for climate change; and ERDF funding). An important element is to prioritise and coordinate on the...

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