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Greece National Centre for Environment And Sustainable Development
Over the years, the Greek Government, following the EU policy and recognizing the need for solutions on environmental problems, has set up a legislative framework and policy measures in order to protect our environment. In 1999, the Greek Government established the National Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development (NCESD) to play a role corresponding to the European Environment Agency's, on a national level. This regulation came into force in 2001. The Center has been fully activated since 2004. The NCESD is based in Athens, is an independent, non-profit organization and is supervised by the Ministry for Environment and Public Works.
National Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development
Villa Kazouli, Kifissia, Athens
The role of the National Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development is to:
Collect environmental data from environmental databases, networks and bodies and to organise and transform this data in the form of reports and assessments;
Disseminate objective and reliable environmental information to end users, both policy makers and general public, and to raise their awareness of environmental issues and sustainable development;
Provide technical and scientific support to the Ministry for Environment and Public Works as well as to other Government Ministries, on the establishment, implementation of policies and measures concerning the environment and sustainable development and evaluation of their effectiveness, in order to achieve national, European and international goals;
Educate and provide training to national and local administrations as well as to general public, in the form of Conferences and courses, on issues related to the environment and sustainable development;
Set up and carry out national or European projects on environment and sustainable development.
Tasks and areas of responsibility
The NCESD currently addresses four major thematic areas:
Water and waste management;
Environment and human health.
The National Center for the Environment and Sustainable Development (NCESD) currently carries out various activities, related to the above thematic areas. More specifically, the NCESD:
Operates the Greek Registry of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The Greek Registry is an online database that is used to monitor and check the movement of emission allowances. The Registry monitors the accountancy of the allowances from issuing, holding, transactions and cancellations as defined in the Kyoto Protocol and the EU and Greek legislation. The operation of the Greek Registry has been assigned to the NCESD under the Ministerial Decree 54409/2632 / FEK 1931 B '. The management is carried out according to the terms and conditions established by the Framework Convention on Climate Change of United Nations (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, the EU regulation for the safe and standardized system of registries and the EU and Greek legislation on the management of emissions of greenhouse gases;
Supports the Ministry for Environment for the fulfillment of obligations towards the EU and UN, by setting up a system that follows the recent developments and evaluates the implementation of International Conventions and EU legislation in the area of Climate Change;
Supports the Ministry for Environment as well as other public bodies, on the establishment, promotion and implementation of the country's international cooperation in the fields of environment and sustainable development;
Proposes and prepares measures for a preventive environmental policy. Within this context, the NCESD evaluates the potential environmental impact of sectoral development policies and promotes the integration of the environmental dimension in those policies.
Prepares the report on the "State of the Environment in Greece", where the current situation of environmental issues and challenges is reported and evaluated;
Contributes to the preparation of the National Strategy on Biodiversity and to the fulfilment of obligations of the Natura 2000 Network and Ramsar Convention;
Prepares technical reports and briefings on environmental issues related to the Center's four thematic areas;
Contributes to the collection, management and treatment of data from environmental databases and information networks. More specifically, the NCESD has the scientific oversight and guidance of the National Network for Environmental Information.
Carries out national and European projects on the environment and sustainable development;
Organises training courses on issues related to the NCESD four major thematic areas, as well as conferences, workshops and seminars.
In order to fulfill its mission and carry out its activities, the NCESD has established collaboration with:
European and International Organizations;
National Focal Points;
National Reference Centers (Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Development, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Transport and Communications);
The National Administration.
All the above organizations assist the Center with sharing information and data.
The Center also establishes collaboration with educational establishments, research institutions, environmental bodies, NGOs, as well as the private sector (experts, researchers and consultants), both on national and international level.
As newly established, the Center has currently 30 members of staff and will be recruiting more in 2009.