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What is Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS)?

In February 2008, the European Commission Communication «Towards a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS)» proposed a solution to Europe's environmental information challenge. Since then, SEIS has become a collaborative initiative of the European Commission together with the European Environment Agency and the 39 countries of the Eionet and Eastern neighbourhood countries, including Ukraine.

SEIS aims to create an improved environmental information system for Europe. It is a key driver for the growth of our knowledge base and it integrates a wealth of information from the Eionet and other networks and partners, citizen science, crowd sourcing, and new environmental information gathering initiatives such as Copernicus. SEIS helps simplify, streamline and modernise their existing systems and processes, and makes them web-enabled. It is a decentralised yet integrated system that improves the quality, availability, accessibility and understanding of environmental information.

SEIS stands for the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is a collaborative approach aiming to organise environmental information based on key principles. Information should be:

  1. Managed as close as possible to its source.
  2. Collected once and shared with others for many purposes.
  3. Readily available to easily fulfil reporting obligations.
  4. Easily accessible to all users.
  5. Accessible to enable comparisons at the appropriate geographical scale and the participation of citizens.
  6. Fully available to the general public and at national level in the relevant national language(s).
  7. Supported through common, free, open software standards.

SEIS is also about a shift in approach, from individual countries or regions reporting data to specific international organisations, to creating online systems with services that make information available for multiple users — both people and machines. Such a shift happens in a stepwise matter, ensuring that SEIS remains a driver for access to environmental information and its integration in the knowledge-based economy.

SEIS Ukraine - an shared system for disseminating environmental information. It develops in the framework of «ENI SEIS II East».

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