Representatives of the National Reference Centres (NRCs) for Land Cover of the European Environment Information and Observations Network (Eionet) met in Copenhagen to carry out a workshop on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Land Monitoring. The workshop took place on 10-11 May 2011 at the premises of the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The Regulation 911/2010 on the GMES Programme and its Initial Operations (GIO) published on November 2010, opened up the door for the Commission to entrust coordination of the technical implementation of GMES services to competent Union bodies. The EEA has been appointed as the technical coordinator of the GMES Initial Operations (GIO) for the Land Monitoring service.
The purpose of the Eionet NRC Land Cover workshop was to clearly establish the role of participating member countries in the implementation of the GIO Land as well as to finalise the technical specifications of the High Resolution Layers. Agreements on timetables and procedures were also important items on the agenda. The discussions focused on the implementation of the continental component of the GIO Land 2011 -2013, building further on the results of the previous NRC Land Cover workshop held on November 2010, where initial steps and ideas were disclosed.
Upon request of the GMES Programme Committee, the outcome of the workshop was presented during the 3rd meeting of the GMES Committee that took place on 18 May 2011 in Brussels. The objective of this presentation was to inform and present the user involvement within the development of the GIO Land Monitoring service to all interested parties.
Agenda and other meeting documents available for users on meetings section of the GISC website: Eionet NRC Land Cover workshop.
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