INSPIRE, the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe, is defined by the Directive 2007/2/EC of the Council and the European Parliament. It is a Legal Framework for setting up and operating an Infrastructure for Spatial Information for environmental policies, including policies and activities that have an impact on the environment. Key elements of INSPIRE are Metadata, Harmonisation of spatial data themes, Network services, Policy agreements and coordination, Monitoring. With the directive in place, INSPIRE working groups define implementation processes and procedures.
INSPIRE intends to trigger the creation of a European spatial data infrastructure that delivers to the users integrated spatial information services. These services should make relevant and harmonised spatial data available for Community Environmental Policy and for the citizen.
URSIT is expert in Spatial Data Infrastructures. In the project Nature-SDIplus, funded by the European Commission, we work with protected areas for the implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructures and the European Directive INSPIRE.
Initiative Spatial Data for Nature Protection — INSPIRE in Bulgaria
As part of the project Nature-SDIplus, and together with the Bulgarian partners Vitosha Nature Park Directorate and Strandja Nature Park Directorate, we have launched the initiative "Spatial Data for Nature Protection". It aims at discussing issues related to the implementation of INSPIRE for the creation and use of spatial data in the field of nature protection and management, with the goals to:
- inform about the use of spatial data for nature protection;
- create awareness of the European Directive INSPIRE;
- exchange experiences for the implementation of INSPIRE in protected areas and other fields.
The initiative started with a two-day workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 1st and 2nd of December, 2009. It will continue with a workshop on INSPIRE and spatial data infrastructure on 16 March 2011. Please come back for more information.