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SDI for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

César Martínez and Alvaro Anguix

(Submission #145)


IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with almost 1,300 government and NGO Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. Their work is supported by almost 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. In practice, this means thousand of field projects and activities around the world…many of them with a geographic component and producing georeferenced information. A really valued information which, until this project, it was almost impossible to reuse it, because there was not a mechanism for having it located, share it, combine it or interact with, for exploiting all the potential of this database of spatial knowledge. The SDI project was proposed as a project for solving a concrete problematic and being able to go over all the organization.Thus, in the Mesoamerica office was proposed its application to the projects of restoration of rural landscapes as the first point of the SDI. The restoration projects of rural landscapes based on a set of techniques and activities to strengthen the resilience of landscapes under the methodology known as ROAM (Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology) , are an exemplary case of project where geographic information constitutes a fundamental source of information . In this case the countries involved are: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Nicaragua. The implemented SDI, based on the open source software suite of gvSIG Online, has some components such as the (PostGIS) database, (Geoserver) map server, tiling service and cache (WMTS), GIS desktop client (gvSIG Desktop), etc. Also, the implementation of a public/private geoportal with powerful and easy management tools, which gives the maximum potential to the users and allow easily to upload new layers, change legends, labels, etc. The link for the public geoportal of the project can be found at:


Topic Area:  [2.1] Transnational SDI projects
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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Comments:   SDI, GIS, open source, Spatial Data Infrastructures, resilience, restoration, landscapes, Mesoamerica, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador

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