According to the UNEP Biodiversity index, Slovenia is one of the EU countries with the highest biodiversity in Europe. This is reflected in the country’s large representation in the Natura 2000 network – an EU-wide network of nature protection areas for conservation of biodiversity. However, despite its diverse and relatively well preserved nature, challenges remain to improve the conservation status of habitat types and species, especially in forest, grassland and wetland areas.
Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and there are challenges facing Slovenia’s large number of protected cultural and natural heritage sites. Adequate spatial information is a prerequisite for preventing floods and reducing their risks and impacts.
The main goal of the project was to facilitate water management and reduce flood risks and impacts with increased INSPIRE compliance of data and data services.
There were four main activities, all interrelated:
- Provision of a modern geodetic reference system including the establishment of a vertical reference system
- Provision of topographic data compliant with the INSPIRE directive
- Modernisation and upgrading of a hydrographic spatial data infrastructure
- Facilitate the implementation of the INSPIRE directive, inter alia, through the establishment of a national geoportal in line with the INSPIRE directive.
Other objectives were to halt the loss of biodiversity by improving implementation of Natura 2000 Site Management and data collection, management and dissemination; and to safeguard cultural and natural heritage sites for future generations by contributing to conservation sites and making them more publicly accessible. Project partners included Ministry of Agriculture and Environment (MAE), Surveying and Mapping Authority of the republic of Slovenia (SMA), National Land Survey of Iceland.
The project was carried out by the Surveying and Mapping Authority of Slovenia in cooperation with the Association of Surveyors of Slovenia. To ensure additional expertise and experience, especially in terms of compliance with the European SDI, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and Landmælingar islands were donor project partners and contributed to achieving the results of the project.
The project ended in October 2017. Read about the fantastic project results here.
Project title: Modernisation of Spatial Data Infrastructure to Reduce Risks and Impacts of Floods
Period: February 7th, 2013 – April 30th, 2017
EEA grants amount: 8,812,500.00 €