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INSPIRE AM scope

What is in the scope of AM theme?

Initially, several types of zones that are related to the scope of AM theme have been defined in INSPIRE AM data specifications. This initial list can be extended by other types of zones. The initial list of zone types include:

  • air quality management zone
  • animal health restriction zone
  • area for disposal of waste
  • bathing waters
  • coastal zone management area
  • designated waters
  • drinking water protection area
  • flood unit of management
  • forest management area
  • marine region
  • nitrate vulnerable zone
  • noise restriction zone
  • plant health protection zone
  • prospecting and mining permit area
  • regulated fairway at sea or large inland water
  • restricted zones around contaminated sites
  • river basin district
  • sensitive area
  • water body under the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

Distinction between the AM scope and other INSPIRE themes scopes

INSPIRE Area management / restriction / regulation zones and reporting units (AM) spatial data theme is thematically broad and encompasses a wide range of zone types that are established or used for several, sometimes overlapping, concepts: to manage, regulate, restrict and report. Those zones may be related to different thematic domains.

The following guidelines with help to better distinguish between AM and other INSPIRE themes. In particular, there is an overlap in the scope between Area management / restriction / regulation zones and reporting units (AM) and the following themes:

  • Protected sites (PS) and
  • Land use (LU).

Protected sites (PS)

If an area has been established exclusively to manage, regulate and restrict activities to conserve nature, biodiversity and cultural heritage, it shall be made available as a spatial object according to the INSPIRE Protected sites data specifications.

If a zone has been established to deliver multiple objectives, including the conservation of nature, biodiversity and cultural heritage, it shall be made available according to INSPIRE Area management / restriction / regulation zones and reporting units data specifications.

Land use (LU)

Where a zone has been established to regulate planned land use and defined within a legally binding spatial plan, it falls within the scope of the INSPIRE Land use theme and shall be made available as a supplementary regulation.

However, if the zone has been established by legislative requirement but not defined within a legally binding spatial plan, then it shall be made available according to INSPIRE Area management / restriction / regulation zones and reporting units data specifications.

Specific interrelationships between the AM and other INSPIRE themes

Because of the heterogeneity of domains covered by the AM theme, several interrelationships with other INSPIRE spatial data themes exist. The types of interrelationships include:

1) Associations or relationships between spatial objects which represent explicit relationships between the AM theme and the following INSPIRE themes:

  • Environmental monitoring facilities, where monitoring facilities (EF) are established to monitor and assess the state of the environment within a managed area (AM);
  • Hydrography, where surface water bodies defined under Water Framework Directive (AM) are related to physical lakes or rivers (HY);
  • Geology, where ground water bodies defined under Water Framework Directive (AM) are  related to the physical ground water bodyies (GE);
  • Natural risk zones, where a risk zone is contained within managed area (AM);
  • Soil for the management, restrictions or regulations related to the contaminated soil sites (AM).

2) Sharing the same geometry with another INSPIRE spatial object:

Zones are often defined based on the extent of another related spatial object, for example:

  • Sea regions: marine regions (AM) may derive their spatial extent from INSPIRE Sea regions;
  • Geology: water bodies defined under Water Framework Directive (AM) may derive their extent from Geology;
  • Administrative units or Statistical units: air quality management zones (AM) may derive their spatial extent from Administrative Units or NUTS regions in INSPIRE Statistical units theme;
  • Natural risk zones: nitrate vulnerable zones or flood management units (AM) may derive their spatial extent from spatial objects in INSPIRE NZ.
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