Cooperation in the Western Balkans region and development of Spatial Data Infrastructure

In the period from 24 to 26 June 2014 in Gävle, Sweden, the first workshop was held on planning of activities and expected results within the project “Cooperation in the Western Balkans region – Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the region of Western Balkan (IMPULS project)”.

General objective of IMPULS project is to provide support to the development of the Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure in accordance with the INSPIRE Directive and SEE 2020 (South East Europe 2020 Strategy), as well as the improvement of interoperable contents and services in the Western Balkan region for efficient support to e-Government, to enable the fulfillment of EU requirements in this area, especially those parts which relate to the efficiency of public administration, transparency of ownership and anti-corruption process.

Besides Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and Lantmäteriet (Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority), which is responsible for the implementation of IMPULS project in cooperation with a junior partner State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia, all National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCA) from the region will participate in the project.

Based on the current analysis of Spatial Data Infrastructures and services of NMCA of the Western Balkan region, all project participants started with defining of the expected benefits, i.e. the most important needs at the regional level, as well as each agency individually, which will be specified in the next six-month period, i.e. in the phase of harmonization and acceptance of the project plan.

The organization of IMPULS project was also tentatively defined, as well as general content of all the components that will be implemented within the following work packages:

  1. Project Management and Administration

  2. Data Sharing Policy and Regulations

  3. Data Harmonization

  4. Metadata and Quality Evaluation

  5. Dissemination

  6. Benefits

Based on the analysis of the activities that will be implemented within the work packages, the number of involved experts from Sweden and the Western Balkan region, as well as the associated costs, the financial projection was carried out, according to which will Sida and Lantmäteriet carry out financing of the project.

Expected results of the project are capacity building of NMCA of the Western Balkans region related to:

  1. Achieving the necessary level of knowledge in the work on the implementation of the necessary infrastructure based on the INSPIRE directive, including efficient maintenance and support

  2. Establishment of the efficient organisation and business processes, including new possibilities to earn and save money

  3. Interoperability of technical solutions (e.g. software, services etc.) that enable sharing of technical solutions within each country, the Western Balkan region, as well as with EU

  4. Development of the NSDI (National Spatial Data Infrastructure) strategy that enables progress in this area

  5. Agreed plan, including organization, way of working etc. for maintaining, including additional datasets and developing of the regional specification

  6. All necessary competences needed to maintain the results achieved in the project will be in place for each country

The basic goal and main benefit of realization of the IMPULS project is to accelerate the development of innovative INSPIRE services for creation of more successful policy for environmental protection, transparency of cadastral records and security of foreign investments in the region, achieving interoperability of data sets and services, as well as the improvement of the legislative framework.