enviroLENS is responding to the requirements of the legal sector for ready-to-access evidence and scenario information on environmental cases.
The enviroLENS team has designed a dedicated questionnaire to collect baseline information on current practices of monitoring and reporting on environmental law enforcement. Based on the user feedback we will be able to identify potential opportunities for integration and application of satellite Earth Observation within the environmental law enforcement.
An essential component of the EnviroLENS project are the use cases that will be developed through the project and are providing a blue print for linking the legal sector with the EO domain.
Hosted at DLA Piper premises in Vienna, the first User consolidation workshop took place in January 2019 together with representatives from GeoVille, IUCN and JSI. The main aim of the workshop was to further deepening the mutual understanding between the legal and the EO sector as well as to establish solid use cases as a basis for the development of the EnviroLENS platform. Further, the workshop presented an ideal opportunity to identify existing gaps and challenges as well as to define specific needs of the users.
We are excited to announce that we just kicked off EnviroLENS, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission which will bring together information derived from satellite monitoring technology along with existing environmental laws and use it as direct evidence for law enforcement. EnviroLENS aims to bridge the gap for the utilization of the European satellite capacities for environmental law enforcement and related cross-cutting sectors.
The project is responding to the demands of the European legal sector for ready-to-access evidence and scenario information on environmental situation and/or violations. It will provide identification of both historic and ongoing violations (physical, chemical or biological alterations of landscapes or ecosystems) and actively contribute to their compliance with environmental law. EnviroLENS talks about the development of a completely new market for Copernicus as up to now, EO services have not been used for enforcement because legislation is not considering this as an option and vice-versa, legislation has not considered EO services as employable for enforcement, since EO still has to demonstrate to be an effective enforcement tool.