GMES-RUSSIA establishes a first network of key data providers and users between the European component of the GMES Action Plan and Russia. GMES-RUSSIA serves the initial period of the EC's ESD Work Programme C(2001)4307 for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security. The project's activities are adapted to the Thematic Network approach and the proposed assessment structures: technical-scientific assessment, socio-economic aspects and institutional/organisational/policy issues. GMES-RUSSIA integrates the important Russian data capacities to GMES and strengthens cooperation with Europe. Special emphasis is on the GMES thematic requirements: A-Land Cover Change, B-Environmental Stress, C-Global Vegetation Monitoring and E-Global Atmosphere Monitoring.