AnaEE will be a research infrastructure for experimental manipulations of managed and unmanaged terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. It will strongly support scientists in their analysis, assessment and forecasting of the impact of climate and other global changes on the services that ecosystems provide to society. 

AnaEE will support European scientists and policymakers to develop solutions to the challenges of food security and environmental sustainability, with the aim of contributing to a vibrant bioeconomy. AnaEE will accomplish this mission by building substantial links among researchers, science managers, policy makers, public and private sector innovators, and citizens. 

The AnaEE vision has been developed with scientists and various types of stakeholders. They defined the elements which would allow this infrastructure to bring the relevant scientific answers to fundamental and applied questions relative to the impact of environmental pressures on the functioning of ecosystems. The experimental nature of the AnaEE approach called for a definition of which types of platforms were needed and on which types of ecosystems. 

The necessary added values to be brought by AnaEE at the European level for various stakeholders were also defined. The future delivery of these added values called for the definition of 4 supra-national entities: a coordinating Central Hub and three Service Centres (Technology; Data & Modelling; Interface & Synthesis).