Closing ceremony of the Twining Light Project "Developing of the National Information System for Nature Protection Supervision”” (EU IPA 2009 PROGRAMME)

12/03/2012

Closing ceremony of the Twining Light Project "Developing of the National Information System for Nature Protection Supervision”” (EU IPA 2009 PROGRAMME)

On Thursday, 08 March 2012, a formal closing ceremony marked the end of the IPA 2009 Twinning Light Project "Development of a national information system for nature protection supervision".

The audience was addressed by Ms. Mirela Holy, Minister, Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection, Ms. Tamara Perišić, Assistant Minister and SPO, Ministry of Culture, Mr. Paul Vandoren, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia and Mr. José Pedro Torrubia Asenjo, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Republic of Croatia. Consequently, project leaders presented the project activities and results of the project. 

The objective of this project, which was implemented with the assistance of Spanish TRAGSA (Agrarian Transformation Company SA) and its subsidiary TRAGSATEC (Agricultural Technologies and Services, SA), is preservation of existing biodiversity in Croatia. The project, with a budget of 241.955,35 eur, is financed by the European Commission and will last at 15 April 2012.

The following activities are presented:

  • Analysing current status of Nature Protection Information System (NPIS) and Protected Areas Management System (PAMS). Designing software specifications for development of National information system for nature protection supervision (NISNPS) and verifying of the Technical Specifications for the equipment needed for
  • Designing, programming the NISNPS and testing of the developed software on a sample unit in Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection in Zagreb and testing synchronization and replication of the developed software on remote location in Đakovo;
  • Preparing Manual for usage of the NISNPS and presentation of the NISNPS and its databases to the representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection. Conducting relevant training for the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection and Public Institutions for Nature Protection employees based on prepared training programmes.

The results of the project are as follows:

  • Existing information system for nature protection analysed and requirements for the development of the National information system for nature protection supervision (NISNPS) specified;
  • National information system for nature protection supervision (NISNPS) developed;
  • Nature protection inspectors/supervisors trained on the use of the NISNPS.

The project is of great interest for Croatia in the EU accession process and will contribute to the implementation of priority actions under the environmental acquis, more notably:

  • Continuous work on implementation and enforcement of the EU acquis, with particular emphasis on nature protection;
  • Commitment to the protection of biodiversity, and to halting biodiversity loss within the EU by 2020.