About the project

The NESIS aim is to promote the uptake of ICT solutions by public authorities in providing information for the monitoring and reporting of environmental impacts and threats. By supporting a shared vision towards an interoperable information infrastructure, the Network fosters the creation of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) and a coherent frame for existing good practices.The Network grounds on the experience of the EIONET Community, a Network of some nine hundreds experts from over three hundreds national environment agencies and other bodies in 38 European Countries.The Network Consortium is composed of partners from among 14 EU and Associated Countries, most of them as aforesaid EIONET National Focal Points, thus guaranteeing the involvement and commitment of the SEIS main actors. The thematic Network approach allows bringing together stakeholders through workshops, exchange of best practice, and a dedicated website linked to the EIONET and INSPIRE portals. Technical guidance and a comprehensive review of the state-of-play in ICT deployment for environmental monitoring and reporting within EIONET community is of help for the convergence of ICT approaches and increased interoperability and then a concrete proposal for the ICT roadmap to the implementation of SEIS will be produced.The leading criterion is to evolve towards a distributed, standards-based infrastructure for spatial and non-spatial environmental information, grounded on the principle of shared access rather than centralised reporting.

The NESIS project is a Thematic Network funded by the Competitiveness and Innovation framework Programme (CIP) - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) - Policy Support Programme (PSP) of the European Commission (Agreement n. 225062, starting date 1st May 2008, duration 30 months).