Jul 26, 2011

SWIFT E-News n°18 - 26th July 2011

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In this Issue
1. Highlight: Polish Presidency’s Programme in the Field of Space
2. Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020
3. Meteosat – 9 Delivers Images of Volcanic Eruption
4. Satellites to Increase Transparency in Forest Management
5. The Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
6. International Maritime Transport and CO2 emissions
7. Towards a Harmonised System of Satellite Maritime Data
8. Call for Proposals in the Field of Space Research
9. Consultation on INSPIRE Common Standards
10. Results of the Consultation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management
GMES Project Corner:
11. GMES-related Projects
12. Outputs from MyOcean User Workshop
13. MyOcean Latest Improvement Phase

1. Polish Presidency’s Programme in the Field of Space

From 1st July until 31st December 2011, it is the task of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union to shape the issues on the agenda of the European Union in line with the interests of the 27 Member States. In regards to the GMES programme, there will be a series of events among which the ‘Geoland Forum 7’ stands out. Besides, the presidency addresses various aspects related to GMES applications such as spatial planning or sustainable forest management.

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2. Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020

On 29 June 2011, the European Commission presented its proposal for the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) corresponding to the period 2014-2020 (Communication “A Budget for Europe 2020”). This proposal will serve as a basis for the negotiations that are going to take place in the months to come in view of the adoption of the final multiannual financial framework. Annual EU budgets shall comply with the MFF laid down in unanimously adopted Council Regulation with consent of the European Parliament.

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3. Meteosat – 9 Delivers Images of Volcanic Eruption

EUMETSAT’s (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) Meteosat-9 geostationary satellite is one of the systems observing the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex (PCCVC) in the Chilean Andes, which on 4 June 2011 erupted again. After having remained relatively quiet during the last 50 years, PCCVC ejected large amounts of ash and sulphur dioxide (SO2) into the atmosphere. Meteosat-9 delivered several images of the volcano.

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4. Satellites to Increase Transparency in Forest Management

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been collaborating with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) over the last five years to demonstrate how satellites can improve the quality of monitoring in forest management and increase public accountability of certification. This collaboration to integrate Earth observation into the forest certification process corresponds with 2011 as the International Year of Forests declared by the United Nations.

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5. The Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

On 13 July 2011 the European Commission issued a communication on a major reform of the Common Fisheries Policy of the European Union. In its proposals, the Commission sets out a radical approach to fisheries management in Europe. The plans will secure both fish stocks and fishermen’s livelihood for the future while putting an end to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks. The reform will introduce a decentralised approach to science-based fisheries management by region and sea basin, as well as better governance standards in the EU and on the international level through sustainable fisheries agreements.

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6. International Maritime Transport and CO2 Emissions

On 15 July 2011, the European Commission welcomed the International Maritime Organization and its Member States on the adoption of the Energy Efficiency Design Index, an agreement to tackle CO2 emissions. This represents the first and major achievement on a technical measure to limit CO2 emissions from international maritime transport. It is the first globally binding measure to improve energy efficiency of new ships and limit CO2 emissions from international maritime transport.

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7. Towards a Harmonised System of Satellite Maritime Data

Satellites can help to keep the seas safe. Oceans cover much of our planet and they are difficult to keep under surveillance, with the trafficking of people, unlicensed fishing and piracy adding to the problem. Satellites, however, have the capacity to monitor the entire planet and are an obvious component of an improved surveillance system. To begin a discussion on how different countries could access satellite-based maritime surveillance, the European Space Agency (ESA) recently hosted a workshop at its centre for Earth observation in Italy.

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8. Call for Proposals in the Field of Space Research

In order to strengthen the fight against climate change and be better protected against terrorist attacks or natural disasters, a call for proposals in the area of space research (together with another one in the area of security research) was published on 20 July 2011 by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry. The main aim of this space call is to support Europe’s ability to gather and utilise the data gathered by satellites for the benefit of European citizens and industry to better understand and monitor climate change. The call budget this year is EUR 84 million.

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9. Consultation on INSPIRE Common Standards

On 29 June 2011, the European Commission launched a consultation on standards that will affect everybody’s life. With INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe), the European Union is creating common standards to make environmental information quickly and easily accessible. This will translate into clear benefits for European citizens, ranging from improved emergency services to a healthier everyday environment. Common standards will help to cut costs and improve the basis for decision making at all levels.

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10. Results of the Consultation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management

On 10 June 2011, the European Commission presented the results of the on-line consultation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). The results of the consultation, which ran from March to May 2011, confirmed the benefits of ICZM in terms of better coastal planning. Regarding options for future EU action, support for a binding framework came out strongly in the survey.

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GMES Projects’ Corner

11. GMES-related Projects

Two projects co-funded under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme started on 1st of June 2011: DOLPHIN , which deals with the development of pre-operational services for highly innovative maritime surveillance capabilities, and MAIRES, which addresses the monitoring of Arctic land and sea Ice using Russian and European satellites.

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12. Outputs from MyOcean User Workshop

The first MyOcean User Workshop took place on 7 and 8 April 2011 in Stockholm (Sweden).

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13. MyOcean Latest Improvement Phase

The objective of MyOcean to offer a sole, homogeneous and interoperable system for the provision of ocean observation and forecast is making good progress through regular improvement phases. The latest improvement took place on 5 July 2011 with a new release of the service offered by the project.

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