Project Description
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.

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.

Additional information available at
http://www.gisig.it/nature-gis/