Meeting of the GIS Expert Group of the International Commission for Protection of Danube River

Regular meeting of the GIS Expert Group of the International Commission for Protection of Danube River had been held on 11th and 12th March 2014 in Belgrade

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management – Directorate for Water organised 18th Information Management & GIS Expert Group Meeting on 11th and 12th March 2014 in Belgrade.

ICPDR was established in 1998 consisting of 14 cooperating countries from the Danube River Basin. The goal of ICPDR is coordination of implementation of the Danube River Protection Convention aiming to ensure sustainable water management, control pollution and reduce inputs of hazardous substances as well control floods and ice hazards. Besides it, ICPDR facilitates cooperation between the Danube countries and the Black Sea region in order to improve water management and reduce effects of climate changes. Moreover, the Commission participates under development and implementation of projects within framework of the EU Danube Strategy.

Technical Expert Groups are the backbone of the ICPDR operation. They are formed by national experts from the member countries. The Expert Group for Information Management and Geographical Information System supports activities related to the operation of the information system and development of maps.

Republic Geodetic Authority took part on the meeting based on the invitation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management – Directorate for Water in order to present the current activities on NSDI establishment and provision of spatial data.

During the meeting representatives of the Republic Geodetic Authority informed members of the GIS Expert Group about the status of NSDI establishment and implementation of the INSPIRE directive, as well as projects that support capacity building and introduction of modern technologies for acquisition of geoinformation. The participants are particularly highlighted interest about outcomes of IGIS and INSPIRATION projects, as well as products created within the EuroGeographics framework. The members are interested on the status of new orthophoto production, high precision Digital Terrain Model, topographic data for the hydrographic network, as well as the metadata harvesting. Particular discussion was held on the methodology within EuroGeographics and the plan of the GIS group for data acquisition and harmonisation of spatial features of the river network across international borders.

Representative of the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) presented an initiative for support of the Danube Strategy implementation through development of the Danube Reference Data and Service Infrastructure (DRDSI). The development of DRDSI technical platform, based on the INSPIRE implementation process, will enable discovery, view and access to spatial data from the JRC and other external sources.

Members of the GIS expert group emphasized importance of timely exchange of information on the status of INSPIRE implementation in Serbia and the results of ongoing projects for the effective use of available resources and data.