Who does what in EMA?

Last changed: 29 November 2010

Lead, coordinate and organise activities at a pan-university level

The vice-chancellor has delegated to the pro vice-chancellor for EMA the responsibility for leading, coordinating and organising the university’s activities in environmental monitoring and assessment with support primarily from the EMA Council (Fomar) and the EMA Officers at the Division of Planning (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Promote coordination across faculties

The vice-chancellor has delegated to the EMA Council (Fomar) the responsibility to support, coordinate, stimulate and develop EMA’s work and coordination with SLU’s two additional operational areas, research and education. An important part of the EMA Council’s mission is to stimulate coordination across faculties (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Responsible for strategic development of EMA at SLU

The EMA Council (Fomar) has, together with the pro vice-chancellor for  EMA, the overall responsibility for developing environmental monitoring and assessment at SLU. The departments also take active part in the strategic development of EMA, for instance through externally funded projects complementary to government funded projects (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Appoint faculty representatives in EMA Council

The vice-chancellor appoints, by suggestions from the deans, faculty representatives and deputy members of the EMA Council (Fomar) (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Allocate government funds to EMA

The board decides, following preparation by the EMA Council (Fomar) and suggestions from the vice-chancellor, the allocation of central government funds to the faculties. Within the framework established by the board, the faculty boards then decide the allocation of government funds and adherent directives/missions to the departments and other units (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Establish and terminate EMA programmes

Environmental monitoring and assessment reaches across faculties. To promote internal coordination and external dialogue, all EMA activities have been organised in special EMA Programmes. All activities in environmental monitoring and assessment, independent of financing source, belong to one of the nine programmes. The vice-chancellor decides on the establishment and termination of the EMA Programmes, and appoints which dean (faculty) is responsible for which programme (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Responsible for EMA programmes

The EMA Programmes are the faculties’ responsibility, which among other things includes the appointment of programme coordinators and programme-specific external commissioners, and to lay down programme-specific objectives. It also includes deciding on what special areas within each programme, to call for applications of project funding. The ambition is that each programme has activities across faculties, although one faculty is formally responsible for the programme (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority and the common programme guidelines decided by the EMA Council (Fomar)).

Develop and follow up EMA programmes

The coordinators, employed at a department (or corresponding), have the mission to develop and follow up the EMA programmes. The coordinator is to serve as a catalyst and an initiator. (According to the common guidelines for the coordinators, decided by the EMA Council (Fomar).)

Realise EMA projects

The departments are very important for SLU’s environmental monitoring and assessment. The projects are carried out at this organisational level and the department head (or corresponding) has the same responsibility for EMA projects as for other projects (according to the vice-chancellor's delegation of authority).

Support projects and management at an overall level

Support at an overall level was created to help reach SLU’s objectives in environmental monitoring and assessment. It comprises management support and communication support, and support for the development of data handling and accessibility, geographic IT, remote sensing and visualisation. It is run in consultation between the pro vice-chancellor for EMA and the EMA Council.

Internal actors and responsibilities: summary document

The information on this web page comes from the document “Interna aktörer och ansvarsförhållanden (‘Internal actors and responsibilities’, only available in Swedish), adopted by the EMA Council (Fomar) 24 August, 2010.


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