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Information Resources is responsible for a number of Projects, either exclusively or in conjunction with other directorates and external organsiation:



ESPON     ESPON logo

Brief Outline: The "ESPON" programme aims to support the effectiveness of EU Cohesion Policy as well as policies and programmes under all European Structural and Investment Funds and national and regional territorial development policies. 

The ESPON programme will produce analysis and information on trends around Europe covering areas from movements on labour markets, patterns of investment and commuting, to population ageing and demographic shifts, and the impact of climate change.

The programme covers the entire territory of the 28 EU Members States, as well as 4 Partner States of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Most of the EU funding will be allocated to research projects to produce results among which should be:
•    Enhancing production of territorial evidence through applied research and analyses;
•    Upgrading knowledge transfer and use of analytical user support;
•    Improving territorial observation and tools for territorial analysis;
•    widening the reach and uptake of territorial evidence.

MEPA’s Role: ESPON Contact Point


Group on Earth Observation (GEO)     GEO EU

Brief Outline: The Group on Earth Observations is coordinating efforts to build a Global Earth Observation System of Systems, or GEOSS. GEO was launched in response to calls for action by the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and by the G8 (Group of Eight) leading industrialized countries. These high-level meetings recognized that international collaboration is essential for exploiting the growing potential of Earth observations to support decision making in an increasingly complex and environmentally stressed world.
GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and international organizations. It provides a framework within which these partners can develop new projects and coordinate their strategies and investments. As of June 2009, GEO’s Members include 79 Governments and the European Commission. In addition, 56 intergovernmental, international, and regional organizations with a mandate in Earth observation or related issues have been recognized as Participating Organizations.
GEO is constructing GEOSS on the basis of a 10-Year Implementation Plan for the period 2005 to 2015. The Plan defines a vision statement for GEOSS, its purpose and scope, expected benefits, and the nine “Societal Benefit Areas” of disasters, health, energy, climate, water, weather, ecosystems, agriculture and biodiversity.

Target: Implementation of 10-year Plan

MEPA’s Role: Principal Contact Point





Brief Outline: GMES/Copernicus is a European programme for the implementation of the European capacity for earth observation. The main objective is to monitor and better understand our environment.

Target: GMES will provide decision-makers who rely on strategic information with regard to environmental and security issues with an independent and permanent access to reliable data.

MEPA’s Role: Role is one of reviewing documentation and updates to enhance our remote sensing information systems and analytical processes. 



EEA/EU Data Flows Reporting    EEA Data Flows Data Flows
Brief Outline:
EIONET is a partnership network of the EEA and its member and cooperating countries. It is crucial to the EEA in supporting the collection and organisation of data and the development and dissemination of information.  EIONET provides timely and quality-assured data, information and expertise for assessing the state of the environment in Europe and the pressures acting upon it. This enables policy-makers to decide on appropriate measures for protecting the environment at national and European level and to monitor the effectiveness of policies and measures implemented.  

Target: Reporting Dataflows to the EU and EEA in time.

MEPA’s Role: NFP (National Focal Point) and NRC (National Contact Point).  IRU is responsible for all dataflows to the EEA/EU as part of the NFP Team



Project Name: CONCLUDED PROJECTS: input to 
Turtle dove quail surveys
Cultura 2000
EEA effectiveness tender
EEA translation services (SOE)
ESPON Data Dictionary
Polymetrex Plus
TF Insitution Building (IB200x)
Permitting and Monitoring Twinning Light Project (and Service Contract)
Public Attitude Survey (PAS)
AARHUS - Twinning Project MT/06/IB/EN/01 - Further Institution Building in the Environment Sector
ERDF156 - Developing a national and environmental monitoring infrastructure and capacity
EU DG – Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS)
GIOLAND - CORINE LAND COVER (Online Maps & CLC2012 data ) & High Resolution Layers (HRLs 2012 )
European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON)
- ESPONTrain
Land Use/Cover Area frame for Statistical Survey (LUCAS)
State of the Environment Report (SOER)

Main Issues: IRU has the legacy of all these projects and is the mainstay of all the MEPA GI analytical work, interactive outputs and spatio-analytical processes