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Monitoring and database projects for European Environment Agency (EEA)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a call for tender for a number of projects within the EEA's programme on monitoring and databases.

The projects concern the following:

Lot 1: Two monographs on Europe's environment.

The first monograph on urban air quality should provide an up-to-date assessment of the state and trends of air quality in European cities and their relation to sources of, and trends in, emissions in the context of adverse impact on human health, ecosystems, buildings and materials and relevant air-quality criteria.

The second monograph on landscapes should cover:
- Classification of European landscapes;
- Values (ecological, social, cultural, economic);
- Trends and threats;
- Managerial aspects;
- Conservation aspects (links to international conventions and EU Directives).

Lot 2: Two studies on common tools for emissions and waste integrated inventories.

The first study should review current nomenclatures of emittants in use in national and international inventories and make proposals in a study report to be submitted on completion of this lot for the development of the nomenclature of emittants for an integrated emissions and waste inventory.

The second study should review the data models being used for preparing air emission inventories and projections and integrated inventories in selected countries which have initiated such inventories and to prepare proposals in the study report.

Lot 3: Scoping study on general approach and assessment of waste generation and flows.

The scoping study will provide:
- A review of literature and existing data/data-collection activities and nomenclature work in member countries and the various international programmes;
- An assessment of current waste generation and flow statistics and identification of the direction of further development;
- An assessment of options for EEA actions related to the development of information on waste generation and flows;
- A review and proposals for the development of methodological elements (waste factors and guidance materials);
- Proposals for further work (pilot studies, development of guidelines, etc.) to help integrate information on waste generation and flows into the source-oriented approach to emissions and waste inventories.

Lot 4: Air emissions reduction scenarios.

The study will identify packages of measures being considered by the various groups mentioned above, make proposals for the first evaluations to be carried out then, following agreement with the agency, prepare and report on the first evaluations.

Lot 5: Assessment of the follow-up activities for the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Euroepan Environment Ageny countries.

The work should include a workshop and a report with the following main objectives:
- Assess where the countries have got the sectors involved, lessons to be learned and recommendations to be given for further follow-up activities;
- Input to the work in the EEA, as example of a convention which has an integrated approach to biodiversity/nature conservation.

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