Regional Innovative Approaches for Cross-Regional Cooperation in Data Sharing: Moderated by David Stanners, EEA, this session explored: how information networks are cooperating both in and between regions; successful approaches used; and the reasons behind successes. During a group discussion, participants proposed the establishment of an SI within GNON to be a platform for interregional cooperation. Participants questioned whether CEDARE would be interested in being the Eye on Earth host for this proposed SI. Stanners focused on the issue of enabling conditions, noting that the EEA was established by a European Economic Community Council regulation, and therefore has a strong legal voice in feeding national data into decision making at the European level. Ahmed Abdelrehim, CEDARE, illustrated how the Arab Region Environmental Information Network harmonizes efforts among 22 Arab countries to develop environmental, social and economic indicators that feed into integrated environmental assessments in the region. Frank Turyatunga, UNEP, stressed the need to: bridge the science-policy interface; encourage triangular cooperation, not only South-South cooperation; and identify a formal and inclusive platform to support cross-regional cooperation. He explained how the Africa Environment Information Network collaborates with national focal points to produce state of the environment reporting. Rodrigo Barriga-Vargas, PAIGH, provided an overview of collaboration on developing an integrated map of the Americas. He discussed efforts to consolidate regional activities through the development of the Spatial Data Infrastructure for the Americas. Sabah Nait, Environment Agency Austria, presented the experience of the Shared Environment Information System, including mapping of national data as input to the Horizon 2020 Mediterranean Report and six country-level assessments.
Peter King, Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network, provided examples of bilateral technical exchanges, or “twinning partnerships,” that are cost-effective and generate tangible results such as improved laws and policies supported by task forces and replication tools.
Costis Toregas, The George Washington University, proposed that regional networks could play a role in standardizing reporting under growing international reporting requirements. For more information about the event, please visit The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 and Photo Gallery
Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN)