Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA)
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About the Organization
The Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale is the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research under the vigilance of the Minister of the Environment, Territory and Sea. ISPRA operates within the Environmental Agencies System, presently composed of 20 Regional and 2 Provincial Agencies (ARPAs and APPAs. ISPRA’s main areas of intervention encompass: data collection and validation of the National Environmental Information System (SINA), cooperation with international organizations, such as the European Commission, the European Environment Agency (ISPRA is the national focal point of EIONET), EUROSTAT and UN bodies, in particular with UNEP, promotion of research and diffusion of environment friendly technologies, products and systems; realization of tools, websites and information systems (INSPIRE compliant), technical handbooks and guidelines on environmental issues for fostering a better involvement of stakeholders and general public; control of physical, chemical and biological factors of acoustic, air, sea, water and soil pollution; support to public bodies charged with the evaluation and prevention of industrial risks; studies and activities in support to environmental impact assessment; control of activities concerning the use of nuclear energy.
ISPRA’s Department for inland and marine waters protection, provides the national system for marine observations, contributes actively to the implementation of several EU Directives, such as the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), the Groundwater Directive (2006/118/EC), the Floods Directive (2007/60/EC), the Marine Strategy (2008/56/EC), being member of committees and working-groups at national and European level. At regional level, ISPRA experts are formally involved in the implementation of the Barcelona Convention for the protection of the environment of the Mediterranean region and related protocols. ISPRA is responsible for the technical aspects of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive implementation and reporting; it performs the role of National Reference Center for all EIONET components and is member of two EEA European Thematic Centers (Biodiversity and Inland, coastal and marine waters). In case of maritime accidents or of other marine pollution emergencies, ISPRA provides national authorities with scientific and technical advice.