The UK Environmental Observation Framework (UK-EOF) is an agreement between public sector funders of environmental observations to consider and value their observations in a joined up way. The UK-EOF will provide a strategic decision-making framework for optimising investments and measurements made by environmental observations (e.g. for research, policy and regulatory needs).
The UK-EOF is championed by Professor Bob Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra and managed by its Member organisations who form the UK-EOF Management Group and report to the LWEC Partners Board. There is a small secretariat hosted by NERC, in Swindon.
The agreed programme of work is set out in the Delivery Plan. Activities are championed by Management Group Members, facilitated by the secretariat and either partner, contract or secretariat led. The work programme is divided into 5 main areas to achieve the overall outcomes; some areas of work are currently inactive but will be considered in future work plans:
- Collective Aspirations (Workstream 1) which includes the Statement of Need and the Decision Support Framework
- Data Initiative (Workstream 2) including the Environmental Observation Activity Catalogue and the Focal Point
- Knowledge Transfer
- Financing Observations
Many interlinkages occur within these work areas. Delivery relies on member participation and increased community consolidation.