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Country visits in 2017


December:  2-day workshop run by the EEA and European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC) water experts to build capacity for developing coordinated water information system that can support policymaking and implementation . Read more


February: First country visit focused on the Corine Land Cover (CLC) pilot. The seminar showed how the CLC project works in Europe and discussed the requirements for national case.  In addition the team discussed specific project targets and implementation for 2017-2019. The Absheron peninsula was proposed as a pilot area for Azerbaijan by the State Geodetic Agency. It is geographically diverse, as it includes the capital city and areas of agricultural, semi-natural areas and water.  It has good potential for mapping CLC changes over time with strong urban-industrial sprawl around Baku. Read more

November:  2-day workshop  by the EEA/ETC water experts to build capacity for developing coordinated water information system that can support policy-making and implementation. Read more


December: The second steering committee meeting for the ENI SEIS II project. Read more


Two consecutive events took place in Tbilisi from 6 to 9 November 2017. The first was a workshop for Georgian national water experts. The workshop explored how to support Georgian water institutions in improving the capacity for developing a water information system at the national level. The European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine waters provided the  expertise to the workshop from the EIONET. Read more

The second event was the biogeographical seminar from 8 to 9  November 2017. It focused on improving data reporting on the Emerald network sites in support pf the Bern Convention, as well as implementing the indicator of protected areas as a response to Aichi target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15. The biogeographical seminar was organised together with the Council of Europe and the , Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. Read more


On 17 April 2017 the CLC seminar focused on the requirements for national cases. Moldova has a historical CLC data set from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Therefore a proposal was made to conduct a verification exercise on the 2000 CLC data set. Moldova will be able to contribute to the Danube catchment geographic information system with CLC data, as the land use/land cover data are compatible with the other countries in the catchment.  The CLC project area will contribute to improved capabilities in flood modelling of major rivers in Moldova (with cross-border cooperation with Romania). Read more


October:  2-day regional workshop on waste statistics was attended by experts from the Eastern Partnership countries, Eurostat and the EEA. It focused on capacity building by discussing the key data quality issues identified during the pilot data sharing exercise and the review of the waste statistical approaches and practices in each of the Eastern Partnership countries. The second part of the workshop focused on identifying the key areas for improvement and the priorities for country support on waste statistics. Read more