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A European thematic network for protected areaS/NATURE preservation and Geographical Information

Objective

Nature-GIS is a network bringing together the different stakeholders in protected areas: users and experts in IT and in nature conservation. Its objectives are: improving reporting on the implementation of the EU policies, raising awareness on GI-GIS in this field, supporting access to data and information. The objectives will be actualised into a reference outcome, "Technical guidelines for data infrastructures for protected areas", a companion product for operators, whose content will be verified through web access to structured geoinformation on protected areas using OpenGIS technology. Through Conferences, its website, Newsletters and other means Nature-GIS will operate an operational network able to involve new external users and to carry out actions of dissemination at different levels to diffuse the obtained achievements and to propose them to all operators in this field. It is intended to become a permanent and structured group active in the field of GIS for protected areas.

Objectives:
The objectives of the project are:
- to offer a contribution to improve information for EU policy making and evaluation, particularly for improving reporting related to the implementation of the EU Nature Protection and Biodiversity policy area;
- to offer as well a contribution to raise awareness regarding the use of GI-GIS in this field. The proposal should be seen in the larger frame of its contribution to the different European documents and conventions that require research, identification and exchange of information to ease and promote conservation of biodiversity;
- as per the VI Environmental Action Plan, to contribute to develop and broaden the dialogue among all levels of responsibility, from the EU to the local level, e.g. will support public access to data and information, in the EU and in the new Accession countries. Very operationally, Nature-GIS could become a focal point to identify specific GI-GIS requirements for "Nature Conservation & Biodiversity" in the E-ESDI development.

Work description:
The network is developed in the following activities. In the first phase there is the assessment of - user needs, to characterise the stakeholders in the field, and to make a survey of the scenarios for use of GI in this domain- data requirements, to individuate and specify the common kernel of GI content to describe protected areas- functional requirements, to identify the functional requirements for the management of Geo-Information and to define the framework for spatial databases for protected areas. The results of this assessment will allow:
- to define and realise a web access to information on European protected areas;
- to produce Technical guidelines for data infrastructures for protected areas, as an integration of the previous workpackages in order to contribute to geo-data access and exchange through standardisation of data infrastructures for protected areas.
Finally the project will have a strong content of dissemination of results towards the GIS and Nature Preservation communities at European level. The networking and dissemination will be carried out at national and at a European level in such a way to involve in a pan-European network for protected areas, the stakeholders of protected areas, targeting a permanent "Nature-GIS Group".

Milestones:
The expected results of the network are:
- Use of the Guidelines to implement GIS in protected areas;
- Demonstration of how web access to information is applicable in the field;
- European awareness for a supra-national approach in GI management in the field and a push for more concerted / integrated actions;
- The establishment of a truly pan-European "Nature-GIS Group", able to live also after the project end.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

GISIG GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GROUP
Address
Via Piacenza 54
16138 Genova
Italy

Participants (18)

CENTRE NATIONAL DU MACHINISME AGRICOLE, DU GENIE RURAL, DES EAUX ET DES FORETS
France
Address
Parc De Tourvoie
92163 Antony
ESTONIAN ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION CENTRE
Estonia
Address
Mustamae Tee 33
10616 Tallinn
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Italy
Address
Via Fermi 1
21020 Ispra
IONIC SOFTWARE SA
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Wallonie 18
4460 Grace-hollogne
LULEAA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address

971 87 Luleaa
REGIONE PIEMONTE
Italy
Address
Piazza Castello 165
10122 Torino
STIFTUNG EUROPAISCHES NATURERBE
Germany
Address
Konstanzer Str 22
78315 Radolfzell
TARNIUM
France
Address
10, Plan De L'ormeau
34190 Ganges
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
Address
King's College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000-730 Evora
UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA
Spain
Address
Edificio Les Aligues, Plaza San Domenec 3
17071 Girona
UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1
France
Address
621 Avenue Centrale - Domaine Universitaire
38400 Saint Martin D'heres
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
UNIVERSITY OF WEST HUNGARY - COLLEGE OF GEOINFORMATICS
Hungary
Address
Pirosalma U. 1-3
8002 Szekesfehervar
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
Address
Golebia 24
31-007 Krakow
URSIT LTD.
Bulgaria
Address
Malusha 2 Vh A , Apt. 10 Et. 5
1164 Sofia
VYZKUMNY USTAV GEODETICKY, TOPOGRAFICKY A KARTOGRAFICKY
Czechia
Address
Zdiby 98
250 66 Zdiby
ZILINSKA UNIVERZITA V ZILINE
Slovakia
Address
Moyzesova 20
01026 Zilina