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Nature GIS - A European thematic network for Protected Areas/Nature Preservation and Geographical Information (IST, 2002-2005)


  • To offer a contribution to improve information for EU policy making and evaluation, particularly for improving reporting related to the implementation of the EU Nature Protection and Biodiversity policy area. 
  • The network offers as well a contribution to raise awareness regarding the use of GI-GIS in this field. The proposal should be seen in the larger frame of its contribution to the different European documents and conventions that require research, identification and exchange of information to ease and promote conservation of biodiversity.
  • As per the VI Environmental Action Plan, Nature-GIS will also contribute to develop and broaden the dialogue among all levels of responsibility, from the EU to the local level, i.e. will support public access to data and information, in the EU and in the new Accession countries.


  • Geographical Information Systems International Group
  • Directorate General Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
  • The University Court of the University of Aberdeen
  • Ionic software s.a.
  • Centre of Applied Ecology, University of Evora
  • Centre national du machinisme agricole, du genie rural, des eaux et des forets
  • Regione Piemonte
  • Tarnium sarl
  • Universitè Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1
  • Stiftung Europaisches Naturerbe
  • University of Girona
  • Luleaa University of Technology
  • Ursit Ltd
  • University of Cyprus
  • Research Institute of Geodesy, Topography and Cartography
  • Estonian Environment Information Centre
  • College of Geoinformatics, University of West Hungary
  • Jagellonian University
  • Faculty of management science and informatics, University of Zilina


  • Use of the Guidelines to implement GIS in protected areas
  • Demonstration of how web access to information is applicable in the field
  • European awareness for a supra-national approach in GI management in the field and a push for more concerted / integrated actions.
  • The establishment of a truly pan-European “Nature-GIS Group”, able to live also after the project end





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