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Opportunities for research on the environment

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is calling for expressions of interest for scientific and technical assistance in the field of information on the environment, which is covered under the EEA's multiannual work programme (1999 to 2003).

The objective of the work programme is to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe's environment through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and to the public.

The call concerns technical assistance, provision of services and expert work relating to topic databases and reporting. The following are required:

- Socio-economic data: to help with the collection, handling and storage within the EEA system of socio-economic data required for the agency's periodical and integrated reporting;
- To contribute to coordination and/or cross linking of projects to describe the link between socio-economic activities and pressures and to deliver a range of technical reports, including reviews of monitoring and reporting requirements and practice, and databases for the development of indicators for the topics and related issues and to also support the definition of environmental reporting requirements in new legislation. The topics include atmospheric emissions, waste, chemicals, water discharges, and releases to land and soil;
- To contribute to coordination and/or cross linking of projects which aim to deliver the topic databases and on a range of topic and technical reports on various aspects of water, air and soil quality and the state of land cover, nature and biodiversity as well as environmental noise.

Several of these reports are required under specific legislation. Other work will help provide information for the development and implementation of policy.

The EEA also calls for technical assistance, studies, advice and expert work relating to integrated assessments on:

- Environmental issues: To contribute to integrated assessments of individual environmental issues and situations were human activities influence or exacerbate environmental processes causing significant environmental, human or economic impacts. A priority of this integrated area and the aim of 'integrated assessment' is to assess the cross-links between environmental issues to improve the policy relevance of sound scientific-based analysis in the assessments and to provide strategic support to policy makers developing and implementing policies to tackle issues of air quality and ozone, climate change, water stress, eutrophication, acidification, biodiversity and landscapes, exposure to chemicals, health and environment, land and soil degradation and waste management;
- Regional assessments: To help analyse the regional and territorial dimensions of environmental issues, particularly for strategic environmental impact analyses. To contribute to the building of expertise and capacities for regional assessments, including hot-spot and sensitive area analysis;
- Sectors: To contribute to the compilation of assessments concerning progress towards the integration of environment into economic sectoral policies;
- Instruments: To support activities to regularly evaluate the use and effectiveness of al types of instruments (such as legislative, economic and information and other management tools) in that process (including the framing and characterisation of the instruments and alternative scenario development);
- Research dissemination and emerging issues: To contribute to setting up a corresponding network and the development of criteria for the interpretation of signals coming out of science and society against which appropriate and feasible information on the present and expected situation can be determined.

The EEA also calls for support and studies related to periodical reporting and contributions to the compilation; analysis and implementation of evolving methods and tools in a number of areas; data management and the setting-up, maintenance and/or cooperation with corresponding networks; and the preparation and evaluation of workshops.

The scope of this call is given in finer detail in the call text itself, which is published in the Official Journal of the European Communities at the reference below.

As a result of this call, the EEA will compile a list which will remain valid for three years from the date of publication.
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