INSPIRE Knowledge Base

?GS - Geofond

LMO Description
?GS - Geofond
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Czech Republic
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>Czech Geological Survey-Geofond (CGS-Geofond) is a state-funded organization established by the Ministry of the Environment. Its purpose is to function as the state geological survey in the Czech Republic and to carry out tasks as authorized by the Ministry of the Environment (MoE). MoE delegated some of its responsibilities to CGS-Geofond, as stipulated by law. In addition CGS-Geofond provides information support for specific activities of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO) concerning the national mineral policy and energy strategy, regional mineral policies and mineral resource use, as stipulated in an agreement between MoE and MPO on the use of CGS-Geofond services (File No. M/140/1997).</p> <p>CGS-Geofond collects, processes and provides information on the geological structure, on the protection and use of mineral and groundwater resources, and on the geohazards of the Czech Republic.</p> <p>Performing tasks stipulated by law, specifically:</p> <p> - § 7 (registration of geological projects), §12 (providing access to geological project results) and §13 (use of geological project results for land use planning) of Act No. 62/1988 on Geological Work<br /> - § 8 (protection and inventory of unexploited reserved deposits), § 15 (protection of mineral resources during land use planning activities) and § 35 (impacts of mine workings) of Act No. 44/1988 on the Protection and Use of Mineral Resources (Mining Act)<br /> - § 17 (inventory of disposal sites) of Act No. 157/2009 on Mine Waste Management </p> <p> - Management of the Specialized Public Archive of the State Geological Survey, by virtue of § 51 and § 52 of Act No. 499/2004 on Archiving and Filing Services<br /> - Processing of state statistical reports as authorized by MoE and MPO, within the scope of the statistical enquiry programme by virtue of § 10 of Act No. 89/1995 on the State Statistical Service<br /> - Development, maintenance and continuous updating of the Information System of the State Geological Survey, by virtue of § 10 of Act No. 89/1995 on Public Administration Information Systems, and providing effective access to data and information<br /> - Planning, undertaking and evaluating geological projects on behalf of the Czech Republic<br /> Assessments and information retrieval concerning environmental geofactors and specific geological features<br /> - Collaboration with foreign institutions on international research programmes and projects, and on international development assistance projects of the Czech Republic<br /> - Collaboration with universities, scientific institutes and organizations in educating experts, conducting projects, protecting the environment, and raising public awareness of the natural sciences<br /> - Publishing activities</p>
    Main Activities: 
    According to section 17, paragraph 1 of Act No. 62/1988 Coll., on geological work, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the "Act"), the "task of the state geological survey is to collect and provide data on the geological structure of the Czech territory, the protection and exploitation of its natural mineral and groundwater resources, and on geohazards". The primary activities of Czech Geological Survey-Geofond therefore involve collecting, storing and providing access to the results of geological projects, and to documents and samples regarding the territory of the Czech Republic (see Archive), which were provided by individuals and organizations pursuant to section 12 of the Act and Ministry of the Environment Decree No. 368/2004 Coll., on geological documentation. To ensure effective use, Czech Geological Survey-Geofond classifies the collected information into document, bibliographic and thematic databases of the Unified National Geological Information System and maintains its operation (compilation, development, management and updating) pursuant to section 2 of Act No.365/2000 Coll., on public administration information systems. The databases are used for the following purposes: science, protection and development of mineral resources, environmental management, protection of the rock environment, land-use planning, the national mineral policy, exploitation of national mineral resources, overseeing geological exploration for reserved minerals, exploration permits and preliminary mining lease approvals in the territory of the Czech Republic. Management of the information system also requires the performance of other activities including thematic outputs pursuant to section 17 of Act No.10/97 of the Ministry of the Environment.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Czech Republic
    Societal Sector: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    eEarth project eWater project
    Primary Business: 
    geology, mineral resources, energy resources, impacts of mine workings, hydrogeology, informatics in geology
    Environmental application domains: 
    environmental geology, impacts of mine workings, groundwater quality