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Science for Environment Policy

Science for Environment Policy is a free news and information service published by the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission, to strengthen the links between science and policy. It is designed to help busy policymakers keep up-to-date with the latest environmental research findings needed to design, implement and regulate effective policies.

The European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union that delivers knowledge and data to support Europe's environment and climate goals.

The EEA and its European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) were established in 1990 with the aim of providing the European Union and its Member States with objective information necessary for framing, implementing and evaluating sound and effective environmental policies and for keeping the public informed on the state of the environment.

The EU Foresight System (FORENV)

The EU Foresight System for the identification of emerging environmental issues and related opportunities and risks (FORENV) is an early foresight exercise carried out by the European Commission, which aims to better anticipate potential risks and opportunities and to improve the quality of policy development.

The EU 8th Environment Action Programme reiterates the importance of identifying climate and environmental risks and taking action to prevent, mitigate and adapt to them, and fostering the engagement in closing knowledge gaps.

The methodology of FORENV is based on Horizon-Scanning, developed by the Commission´s Joint Research Centre.

FORENV runs annual cycles producing reports on specific topics:

The current FORENV cycle's topic is "emerging environmental and other issues impacting our ability to achieve a water-resilient Europe by 2050".