ENI SEIS II EAST Project
On 1 February 2016, the European Environment Agency (EEA) kicked off the second phase of the EU-funded European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) II EAST project together with the six Eastern Partnership countries; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. This 4-year undertaking aims to support the promotion of environmental protection by strengthening environmental governance.
The main objective of the project is to continue to implement the principles and practices of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS). The project builds on previous cooperative activities in the six Eastern Partnership countries, carried out under the ENPI SEIS project (2010-2015)
The project is managed and implemented by the EEA, because of its extensive experience in facilitating cooperation and developing expertise through the European Environmental Information System and Observation Network (Eionet). The project furthers the EEA's lead role in environmental knowledge sharing and capacity building.
The ENI SEIS II EAST runs from 2016-2020 and is financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) under the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).
The expected results of the project are:
Result 1: Improved implementation of regional/international commitments related to environmental reporting in line with EU/EEA best practices;
Result 2: Improved capacities in the national administrations to manage and use environmental data, statistics and information to support decision-making in line with EU/EEA best practices;
Result 3: Preparation of regular state of the environment reports and indicator-based assessments in line with EU/EEA best practices.
The project will employ a variety of methods to build capacity and provide technical assistance to the beneficiaries; including facilitating dialogue between inter-institutional agencies, arranging expert visits and study tours, providing guidance in accordance with Eionet best practices and giving hands-on training in the identified priority areas.