End of 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal (EGD) as its new policy framework to transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy and achieve climate neutrality in 2050. Since then several policies and strategies have been published, mostly under the EGD, that are relevant in the context land management, biodiversity and ecosystem assessments as well as data analytics. Two of the first cornerstones were the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the Farm-to-Fork Strategy. Of equal relevance are the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, the EU Soil Strategy or the Zero Pollution Action Plan. In addition, the proposal for the 8th Environmental Action Programme will guide environmental policies during the coming years.
On the technological side, the European Strategy for data published in 2020 provides a framework for making better use of data for improved policy- and decision-making. It is directly linked to the European Green Deal as one of the cornerstones is the creation of EU-wide common and interoperable data spaces one of which aims to set up a common European Green Deal data space, to use the major potential of data in support of the Green Deal priority actions on climate change, circular economy, zero-pollution, biodiversity, deforestation and compliance assurance by enforcing accessible and interoperable data. Combined with digital infrastructures and innovative data analytics this will widen our capacity to understand and tackle the environmental challenges of our times. The Data Strategy is supported by a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence.
space4environment is actively involved in a number of projects that support the implementation of these policies. Contributions range from applying data analytics and intelligence over indicator development and production up to monitoring and assessment of the environmental status and condition of land, ecosystems and biodiversity.