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INSPIRE spatial data sets in the European data collection of ”Nationally designated areas” – linked approach

Darja Lihteneger, Mette Lund and Stefania Morrone

(Submission #151)


The European inventory of ”Nationally designated areas” holds information about protected areas and the national legislative instruments, which directly or indirectly create protected areas. It is a source for the biodiversity policy evaluations in the European Union and the European contribution to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), which is one of the key global biodiversity data to inform planning, policy decisions and management. The annual reporting data flow has changed in 2018 with the aim to reuse the achievements of INSPIRE implementation to reduce fragmentation and costs. The complete data reporting (spatial data sets and related specific thematic data) is obtained through a “linked approach” in which the geospatial information contained in the INSPIRE Protected Sites data sets is combined with the relevant thematic information. The Reportnet is still used as a central platform to report data, however the linked approach brings a potential to combine Reportnet and the available INSPIRE download services. Lessons learnt from the thematic, technical and data processing views provide valuable information about the linked approach, and reflect on opportunities and obstacles to further design a modern, efficient and automated reporting data flow by using the INSPIRE infrastructure.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   INSPIRE Protected sites, reporting, linked approach, biodiversity, nature, designated areas

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