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Harmonised European Land Monitoring

Harmonised European Land Monitoring

Objective

The land surface is a decisive factor regarding the state of the environment and human well-being. To manage it well, regularly obtained up do date information on land use and land cover is needed. Land monitoring provides this information through thematic maps based on the interpretation of areal photography, satellite imagery and further sources. These maps aid spatial planning, nature protection, agricultural policy, forestry, water catchment area management, etc.
In spite of its importance, land monitoring in Europe is quite inefficient owing to lacking coordination between the national, sub-national, and European levels. Efforts are duplicated and given opportunities for mutual support are not utilised which means a substantial waste of resources.
HELM is a network of authorities concerned with land monitoring across Europe. It will initiate a move to increase the maturity of European land monitoring along five sequential steps: (1) mutual interest in achieving reciprocal knowledge, (2) shared visions and planning for the future, (3) joint activities by taking on tasks collectively, (4) alignment of national systems involving the mutual adaptation of data interpretation methods and of the timing of data gathering, (5) lasting integration and combining data across all administrative levels.
HELM envisions a coherent European land monitoring system characterised by high quality data and efficient productivity. This system will combine the broad range of specific expertise and resources of relevant authorities in the member states. Their work will be supported through targeted centrally supplied measures fulfilling common requirements for raw data and data processing.
Through a continuous flow of knowledge from the local to the European scale and the other way round, future information needs regarding land use and land cover will be met as an essential basis for managing the land surface in the framework of European sustainable development.
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Address

Spittelauer Lande 5
1090 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 236 543

Administrative Contact

Georg Rebernig (Mr.)

Participants (26)

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CENIA,CESKA INFORMACNI AGENTURA ZIVOTNIHO PROSTREDI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 35 145

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 44 871

FOLDMERESI ES TAVERZEKELESI INTEZET

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 45 529

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR RESEARCH & FINANCING LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 86 306

GEOVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES SARL

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 51 508

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR SKOG OG LANDSKAP

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 59 496

INSTITUTO GEOGRAFICO PORTUGUES

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 25 385

CENTRO NACIONAL DE INFORMACION GEOGRAFICA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 44 492

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 28 805

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 48 578

FOTEC FORSCHUNGS- UND TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 18 666

AGENTSCHAP VOOR GEOGRAFISCHE INFORMATIE VLAANDEREN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 22 318

Remote Sensing Application Centre - ReSAC

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 18 464

GISAT S.R.O.

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 21 185

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L'INFORMATION GEOGRAPHIQUE ET FORESTIERE

France

EU Contribution

€ 16 344

BUNDESAMT FUR KARTOGRAPHIE UND GEODASIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 19 045

INFORMUS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 22 599

National Land Survey of Iceland

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 18 891

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 15 684

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 13 480

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 21 602

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE DELTA DUNARII

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 13 798

FEDERAL DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORTS ENERGY AND COMMUNICATION

Switzerland

EIDGENOESSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 18 255

SPECTO NATURA LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 23 545

UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 29 466

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 261562

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 204 875,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 000 000

Coordinated by:

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria