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Nature-GIS: a project outline GISIG Nature-GIS : a European thematic network for Protected Areas/Nature Preservation and Geographical Information Thematic network IST Programme, code IST-2001-34641 Start April 2002 Duration 36 months Main objectives and output: Objectives

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Nature-GIS: a European thematic network for Protected Areas/Nature Preservation and Geographical Information

Thematic network

IST Programme, code IST-2001-34641

Start April 2002

Duration 36 months


Main objectives and output:


  • To support the provision of harmonised geo-information about Protected Areas
  • To support public access to data and information in the EU and in the new accession countries
  • To raise awareness regarding the use of GI-GIS in this field
  • Output
  • Technical guidelines for GI data for protected areas
  • Definition and demonstration of a Web access to GI data
  • The thematic network NATURE-GIS

Expected outcome:

  • use of the Guidelines to implement GIS in protected areas
  • demonstration of how is applicable web access to information in the field
  • European awareness for a supra-national approach in GI management in protected areas
  • establishment of a pan-European “Nature-GIS group”
project wp s
Project WP’s

1 (Network management)

2 User needs assessment

3 Data requirements and policy

4 Functional requirements

5 Access to information and GI technology

6 Technical guidelines for data infrastructures for protected areas

7 Assessment and evaluation

8 Dissemination

9 Nature-GIS towards a pan-European network for protected areas


Project Co-ordinator

  • GISIG - Geographical Information Systems International Group (I)

Steering Committee Members and WP Leaders

  • University of Aberdeen (UK)
  • Ionic Software (B)
  • University of Evora (P)
  • Cemagref - Centre National du machinisme agricole, du genie rural, des eaux et des forets (F)
  • Regione Piemonte (I)


  • Network members
    • Tarnium (F)
    • Stiftung Europaisches Naturerbe (D)
    • Lulea University of Technology (S)
    • University of Cyprus (CY)
    • VUGTK - Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Cartography (CZ)
    • Estonian Environment Information Centre (EE)
    • University of West Hungary (H)
    • University of Zilina (SK)
    • University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier (F)
    • University of Girona (E)
    • Ursit (BG)
    • Jagellonian University (PL)
first project phase
First project phase:

Assessment of:

  • user needs
  • data requirements
  • functional requirements
Nature-GIS web-site at:

nature gis as a thematic network
Nature-GIS as a thematic network:

EURIPIDES-GI: EURopean Integrated Project to Improve DEcision-making in protected areaS

  • National and European level
  • Concept of multifunctional protected areas
  • Sustainability
  • European Directives
  • Geo Infrastructure for protected areas
euripides gi

Thematic Research

Exploitation and linkage with other EU initiatives and Target Groups

GI Infrastructure

Leverage Activities

Thematic Research

  • Natural and Ecological aspects. GI and … (bio-diversity protection, Land use/land cover changes, Planning and impact of ecological corridors, Marine protected areas, Global change and protection of wetlands)
  • Human impact and integration in protected areas. GI and … (global change and dynamic evaluation, urban development, European transport networks impact and related hazard, tourism, human heritage)
nature gis and the link to the eu policies
Nature-GIS and the link to the EU policies:

An example:


Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe


Nature-GIS is a network bringing together the different stakeholders in protected areas, both users and experts in IT and in nature conservation, to address the requirements for geographic information in protected areas, with special reference to European policies in this field.


Please get in touch with us if you need any further information or address to:

Thank you very much for your attention!