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Dear colleagues and friends,

The EU-funded project on implementing the principles and practices of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) is coming to its final stage. A milestone in a journey marking the joint achievements, lessons learned, shared experiences, good practices, ideas, partnerships and plans for the future. The SEIS concept has found a prominent place in many regional and national fora.

We have been planning and anticipating - just like many of you - a dense and active final period of our cooperation under the ENI SEIS II South project in the first half of 2020. 

Little did we anticipate the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on our planning and missions. Since mid-March the European Environment Agency has been teleworking with all physical meetings, trainings and visits moved to virtual events until the formal project closure on 31 July 2020. Still, we are doing our best to finalise the deliverables through online meetings and web platforms and ensure the visibility of the results and outcomes achieved so far. Should you need to get in touch with us at EEA and UNEP/MAP, please write to us and we will get back to you in a timely manner.

Using this opportunity, we would like to thank you for your engagement during these past four years and we look forward to the fruition of invested efforts in the new period ahead. 

The Covid-19 outbreak demonstrated how valuable the environment is and how easily the balance can be tipped. This will undoubtedly put a mark on the future framework of regional cooperation and environmental activities in the post-2020 period. We hope you continue to develop the ideas we started jointly, initiated activities and plans for the future. 

We hope to have a chance to see many of you online and in person in the not so distant future and to jointly continue promoting the outcomes of our cooperation on SEIS.

Thank you for your continuous support, close engagement and inspiring ideas.

Stay well and take care.

Gratefully Yours,

The ENI SEIS II South team in EEA and UNEP/MAP