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Global initiative for sharing information takes off at Eye on Earth Summit

The EEA has already uploaded hundreds of theme-specific map and data viewers into the service. Examples of other data contributors include UNEP and the US, providing datasets on diverse topics such as streets, mountains, water quality, watersheds and eco-regions. During the Summit, both UNEP and the US announced their continued support and use of the service in the future. At the end of the four-day summit , a declaration was signed which will lead to increased sharing of economic, environmental and social information. It was supported by numerous global, national and non-governmental organisations. The declaration will feed into the global United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. Principle 10 of the 1992 Rio Declaration states the importance of public authorities facilitating and encouraging public access to ...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/global-initiative-for...

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