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EEA to enhance cooperation with Greenland

This week the Government of Greenland and the European Environment Agency signed an agreement aimed at improving bilateral cooperation in environmental monitoring and sharing environmental data and information. Environmental data obtained in Greenland and the Arctic in general play a key role in monitoring environmental change around the globe.
The Village of Tasiilaq, Greenland

The Village of Tasiilaq, Greenland  Image © Christine Zenino, www.flickr.com

This agreement strengthens the Greenland and Arctic dimension in international environmental perspectives. The EEA considers Greenland as an important partner in the effort to strengthen the information for decision makers on the environment in the Arctic.

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the EEA

The cooperation agreement was signed by Anthon Frederickson, Minister for Domestic Affairs, Nature and the Environment and Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the EEA.

‘This agreement strengthens the Greenland and Arctic dimension in international environmental perspectives. The EEA considers Greenland as an important partner in the effort to strengthen the information for decision makers on the environment in the Arctic’, said Prof. McGlade.

Mr. Frederickson added, ‘I'm very pleased with the cooperation agreement with the EEA. It is Naalakkersuisut's desire to strengthen the knowledge base internationally on Greenland and Arctic environmental issues. The environment in Greenland is influenced from the outside world, and that the international community needs to know about the conditions in Greenland and the Arctic.’

The cooperation agreement aims to improve the quality and timeliness of environmental assessments and trends in Greenland, the Arctic region and the wider Europe and ensures Greenland’s access to a pan-European environmental network. Closer cooperation and better data flows from Greenland will also enhance the understanding of the impact of Europe on the environment in Greenland, while reinforcing Greenland’s importance for the global environment. The sound knowledge base resulting from this cooperation agreement can form the basis for the necessary decisions on environmental improvement in Greenland and beyond. The agreement also foresees an exchange of staff between the Government of Greenland and the EEA, in order for both parties to exchange expertise and cooperate concretely on expanding their network activities.

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