REDIA: Environmental Inspection Network

    About REDIA

    The Environmental Inspection Network REDIA is an instrument for the cooperation and exchange of experiences between the authorities responsible for Environmental Inspections in the Autonomous Communities by means of establishing a permanent forum for participation and reciprocity of knowledge and experiences relative to Environmental Inspections, as well as through the development of common interest projects.

    REDIA Objectives

    • To promote the exchange of information and experiences between the Environmental Authorities of the Autonomous Communities on the Environmental Inspection matters.
    • To develop technical joint projects  on this matter.
    • To improve the consistency and coherence in all regions as regards a proper interpretation and implementation of Environmental Legislation.
    • To produce guidance documents on good practices, guidelines, tools and common standards in order to contribute to the substantial improvement of the Environmental Inspection.
    • To promote and facilitate specific training for inspectors and authorities responsible for the execution of Environmental Inspection.
    • To provide technical support to the Ministry of Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs on Environmental Inspection.
    • To focus the participation of Autonomous Communities in the European IMPEL Network regarding the Environmental Inspection.

    REDIA Structure

    The Network members are:

    • Environmental Authorities responsible of Environmental Inspections in all Autonomous Communities (Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Baleares, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Castilla La Mancha, Cataluña, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra, País Vasco y Valencia).
    • Representatives of the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs.

    The Plenary is established by all the network members and its functions are:

    • To approve the Annual Working Plan for the next course.
    • To approve the Annual Activities Report of the expired course.
    • To approve the projects to be developed within the network.
    • To hold meetings at least once a year.

    The Executive Committee (constituted by 5 Autonomus Communities) and the President of the Executive Committee have the following fucntions:

    • To prepare the Plenary meetings agendas.
    • To prepare the Annual Working Plan.
    • To prepare the Annual Activities Report.
    • To select the projects to be presented at the Plenary meetings for approval.
    • To arrange and coordinate REDIA participation in the European IMPEL Network.
    • To coordinate REDIA participation in other scientific/technical forums.
    • To coordinate the elaboration of information for the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs.
    • To design technical sessions and workshops relative to topics of interest for the Network.

    The current Executive Committee (2010-2012) is constituted by representatives of Andalucía, Cataluña, Extremadura, Madrid and Murcia. The President of the Committee is Andalucía.


    REDIA Projects

    A REDIA project is a group of activities designed according to a program to meet specific objectives and obtain concrete results. Projects must count with the participation of more than three members of the network and must be adopted by the Plenary. Projects content will be:

    • Elaboration of guidelines, protocols, handbooks, etc.
    • Comparison exercises between practices developed by participant members.
    • Development of seminars, technical sessions, etc.
    • Development of training actions for the inspection service.  

    Project and activities carried out:

    •  Design of the network website
    • Training course: workshop on the development of Inspection Plans according to the IMPEL guideline “Doing the Right Things II”
    • Analysis on the current state of environmental inspections in the Autonomous Communities.
    • Participation in the 5th IMPEL General Assembly where REDIA presented the network trajectory.
    • Joint inspections and development of common criteria in different industrial sectors: Refineries, with the participation of Andalucía, País Vasco and Galicia, Surface treatment, with the participation of Madrid, País Vasco and Cataluña.
    • Implementation of article 23 of the Industrial Emissions Directive into the Spanish legislation, with the participation of almost all Autonomous Communities.
    • Participation in many IMPEL projects.
    • Spreading of REDIA activities in different courses, seminaries carried out by the Communities of Cataluña, Asturias and Castilla y León.

    On-going projects:

    • Establishment of a protocol for the development of Environmental Inspection Plans and Programs, with the participation of Castilla La Mancha, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and País Vasco.
    • Design and proposal of a common tool for the Environmental Risk Assessment applicable in the installations affected by the IPPC legislation, with the participation of Madrid, Navarra and País Vasco.
    • Development of common templates containing the minimal elements of the inspection reports that must be made publicly available.

    Future projects:

    • Outcome indicators on environmental inspections.
    • Inspection and monitoring of IPPC environmental permits.
    • Control of collaboration bodies of the public administration (ECAs, OCAs, etc.) executing environmental inspections.


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