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CDDA: One flow of information for protected sites reporting

Arjen Crince, Wim Looijen, Rob Hendriks and Thorsten Reitz

(Submission #168)


Nationally designated areas (CDDA) are reported yearly to the EEA by 42 European countries. These data have been collected by the EEA from 1995 onwards. The EEA provides templates for the reporting. Since 1995 the Netherlands has used multiple sources as input datasets. This has led to changes (number, area) in the data on designated areas and therefore made it more difficult to compare the yearly dataset in 4D (including time-series).

On 23rd of November 2017 the implementation of Annex I data under Commission Regulation (EU) No 1089/2010, regarding interoperability of spatial data sets and services has been completed. This made it possible to include other Annex I spatial data sets as input datasets for the CDDA reporting. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality therefore decided in cooperation with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency to use only INSPIRE input datasets to complete the CDDA reporting deliverables to the EEA.

Currently three different INSPIRE datasets are used as input for CDDA: Natura2000, National Parks and NatureNetworkNetherlands (NNN). This more streamline approach makes the input process more consistent, more efficient and thus better comparable through time.

Geonovum and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency have, in order to facilitate the delivery to the EEA, asked Wetransform to build an extension of the INSPIRE protected sites data model. This model facilitates the generation of a combined XML, including the required e-reporting deliverables and the resulting dataset. This dataset has been recently nominated as an INSPIRE priority dataset.

This extension is now available and endorsed by the EEA and is therefore a good example of how to build a more sustainable way of reporting and including all fields in order to monitor the progress of the, in this case, designated areas.

Beside the technological aspects this also involves a change in mindset of the involved departments. As they will need to make a commitment to invest time and other resources , showing the results and benefits is an important step to ensure success.

To summarize what was needed to automate the work process was: - Technology - Change in mindset - Use of consistent datasets

This paper describes the details of the workflow and will give an overview of the benefits, efforts, advantages and disadvantages obtained in the process.


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:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   No
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   CDDA; EEA;

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