The European environment is continually undergoing change caused by a combination of socio-economic and climatic processes. To protect the environment and ensure sustainable use of natural resources a wide variety of national and international legal mechanisms have been established which in their turn have spurred on a wide range of environmental monitoring activities. Today Europe urgently needs to consolidate these monitoring efforts. The GMES initiative aims at achieving this' European capacity for Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security' by2008. This project will help realize this ambitious goal. The focus of the project is to develop a standardised product that will be extendable to Europe. The product will link measures of historical and recent land cover change to pressures on biodiversity and is aimed at the EU-user community concerned with the impact of land cover/use changes on the environment and biodiversity.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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