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|Title:||The Contribution of INSPIRE to Sustainable Development|
|Citation:||GeoInfromation in Europe - Proceedings of the 27th Symposium of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL), Bolzano, Italy, 4 -7 June 2007 p. 13-20|
|Publisher:||Millpress Science Publishers|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Good policy relies on quality information and informed public participation. The increasing complexity and inter-connection of issues affecting the quality of life today are recognised by the policy-makers and influences the way new policies are being prepared today. Following 3 years of intensive collaboration with Member States experts and stakeholder consultation, the Commission adopted on the 23 of July 2004 a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an infrastructure for spatial information in the Community (INSPIRE) that has been formally adopted in 2007. The INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC enters into force on 15 May 2007. A spatial data infrastructure encompasses the policies, organisational remits, data, technologies, standard delivery mechanisms and financial and human resources necessary to ensure that those working with spatial data, whether at the global or the local scale, are not impeded in meeting their objectives. INSPIRE lays down general rules for the establishment of an infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe, for the purposes of environmental policies and policies or activities which may have a direct or indirect impact on the environment. This paper describes the background to, the key objectives, and the current process being established for the development of INSPIRE and as well the link between INSPIRE and other international initiatives such as GEO and their contribution to address societal benefits on a global scale.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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