Harmonising Environmental Information

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has released a report which describes a platform for the exchange and harmonisation of geographic and environmental data across the EU-27, aimed to better address water management, disaster mitigation, public health, agriculture and nature protection.

The report shows how spatial information from data from 27 countries maintained by hundreds of different organisations, can become interoperable for use in today’s information society.

The document supports the implementation of the 2007 Inspire Directive, which aims to create a Europe-wide spatial data infrastructure by 2019.

The report is a valuable reference guide for decision-makers and will support efforts to prevent environmental damage and reduce energy consumption across different sectors and countries.