Land is one of the most precious resources for mankind: since the ascent of time, landscapes reflect how man modelled land morphology and its natural vegetation cover to organise our society, to grow houses to villages and cities, to cultivate land for food provision or to build transport networks.   Along with population growth, awareness increases that land is a limited resource, which requires thoughtful management.

The Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Land Cover (CLC) product of the European Environment Agency (EEA), part of the portfolio of the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service, is a well-known product that exists since the nineties.  CLC provides valuable information on key land cover (LC) and land use (LU) aspects at European level. However, after 25 years of crucial information provision, and with new and more demanding Community policies, it is time for a major upgrade of the European LC/LU information basis. The European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) Action Group on Land Monitoring in Europe (EAGLE) has been actively working towards creating specifications for the next generation Corine Land Cover product, code-named CLC+.

The specifications for a new product such as CLC+ needs to address an as broad as possible user community.  Therefore it goes through intensive consultation rounds before production will start in the context of the Copernicus programme and taking benefit of Sentinel-2 satellite imagery. Preliminary specifications are currently being assessed by the EEA and its EIONET network partners in participating countries. This CLC+ User Consultation Workshop will allow a broad audience of stakeholders in public authorities, in industry or any other potential European user of LC/LU information to comment on these specifications.

This workshop is considered a technical workshop which will give ample space to a constructive dialogue, on the next generation core product for land monitoring in Europe.

The next step of the consultation process will be a political-strategic consultation. This workshop is a preparation of the discussion at the third level, which will take place in the appropriate Copernicus advisory and governance communities. Therefore governance aspects of the consultation process is not an objective of this workshop.

This workshop is of interest to all end users and stakeholders of the land community in Europe who wish to give technical feedback on the specifications of the upcoming CLC+ product of EEA.

The event is open and free to registered participants. Please go to “Register now” to sign up as a participant. The registration will close on 14 November 2017.




Date:               Thu 16/11/2017

Language:      English

Cost:               free of charge


Venue:            Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), room 0.A

Address:       Rue Froissart 36 1040 Brussels, Belgium

You can find a summary PDF here




09:00 - 09:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:30 - 09:45
Welcome and introduction

Catharina Bamps (DG GROW, European Commission)

09:45 - 11:15
Session one: Setting the scene

09:45 - 10:15: Community policies and LU/LC information needs (Hans Dufourmont, EEA)

10:15 - 10:45: National needs for LU/LC information 

  • Poland: Agata Hościło, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography
  • Spain: Nuria Valcárcel Sanz, Instituto Geográfico Nacional
  • Finland: Lena Hallin-Pihlatie, Finnish Environment Institute
  • Netherlands: Gerard Hazeu, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)

10:45 - 11:15: Current pan-EU and local land service: strengths and weaknesses (Barbara Kosztra, Stefan Kleeschulte, EAGLE)

11:15 - 11:45
Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30
Session two: CLC+ vision and specification

11:45 - 12:10: Taking stock of existing LU/LC initiatives (Stefan Kleeschulte, EAGLE)

12:10 - 12:30: The concept towards CLC+ (Geoff Smith, EAGLE)


12:30 - 14:00
Lunch break
14:00 - 15:45
Session three: CLC+ vision and specification

14:00 - 14:30: Technical specifications for CLC backbone (Gebhard Banko, EAGLE)

14:30 - 15:15: Walk through the initial tech specs, highlighting areas for particular consideration (Gebhard Banko, Johannes Scholz, EAGLE)

15:15 - 15:30: From CLC+ backwards to CLC legacy (Barbara Kosztra, EAGLE)

15:30 - 15:45: Implementing CLC+: from theory to practice (Hans Dufourmont, EEA)

15:45 - 16:15
Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30
Session four: implementation and feedback

16:15 - 16:45: Feedback part 1: preselected questions and answers (All)

16:45 - 17:30: Feedback part 2: questions and discussion on CLC-Backbone specifications (All)


17:30 - 17:45
  • Summary of feedback
  • Conclusions and actions


Workshop venue

Albert Borschette Congress Center (CCAB), room 0.A,

Rue Froissart 36 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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The workshop venue is walking distance (10 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes.
To check timetables and book tickets please click here.

The website provides real-time information and updates about public transport and has a supporting smartphone app.

The accommodation information is for guidance only and the European Commission does not endorse any specific accommodation provider.

Please arrive on time. Due to security measures there may be a queue to enter the building. 



Local coordinators:

Hans Dufourmont, EEA
T: +45 24 94 11 15

Email: hans.dufourmont[at] 


Annekatrien Debien, SpaceTec Partners

T: +32 488 48 51 70

Email: debien[at]