Information System for Nature Conservation of the Republic of Srpska (ISNC-RS) comprises information about natural (biological and geological) heritage of the Republic of Srpska in the form of data bases, applications and web services. ISNC-RS is built for collecting, keeping, maintaining and sharing of information.
Legal foundation for the establishment of the ISNC-RS is found in the Article 92 of the Law on Nature Protection („Official gazette of the Republic of Srpska“ 20/14) which states: „Information system for nature protection and monitoring is being established“. According to the same article, the Republic Institute for Protection of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage (RZZZ KIPN) „is conducting nature monitoring, collecting and processing of information about nature condition, making reports and updates the ISNC“. Information in ISNC-RS are part of the integral spatial-information system of the Republic of Srpska.
This portal is landing page for accessing all modular parts of ISNC-RS (protected areas, flora, fauna, protected species, red list, inventory of geological heritage etc.). Each part of this information system will be developed as a separate application and integrated into the system either through a common database, or by adding it as outer reference to this portal.
At the moment three modules are active, while other modules will be established in the next period. It is worth to mention that all modules will be limited to the territory of the Republic of Srpska, which arises from the jurisdiction in the area of nature protection as defined in the Law on Nature Protection („Official gazette of the Republic of Srpska“ br. 20/14) as well as in other legal provisions, excluding information which is direct result of inter-entity, regional or international projects, which will be emphasized.
Areas of pronounced gological, biological, ecosystem or landscape diversity or ares important as bird habitats.
Database about endemic species whose classical localities are found in the area of SEE (vascular plants, mammals, amphibia and beetles (Coleoptera)).
Pilot species distribution module of RS with 100 example species
Index of plant species of RS.
Index of animal species of RS.
List of species found in RS, which have category of threat assigned according to the IUCN criteria.
The Republic Institute for Protection of Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage is a republic administrative organization within the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska. The status and competencies of the Institute are specified in Articles 39 and 53 of the General Administrative Procedure Act ("Official Gazette of RS" No. 115/18).
The organizational structure of the Institute consists of three organizational units: Department for Cultural-Historical Heritage, Department for Natural Heritage and Department of Joint Affairs.
The scope of work of the Department for Natural Heritage includes the tasks related to protection and conservation of nature, conservation of biological, geological and landscape diversity as part of the environment. This area is defined by the Law on Nature Protection ("Official Gazette of RS" No. 20/14), specifying that the activities associated with the protection of nature and natural resources are performed by the Institute experts, whereas the activities in the field of nature protection are within the competence the Ministry of Physical Planning, Civil Engineering and Ecology of Republika Srpska, whereas the tasks within the competence of local self-government units are performed by their local bodies.
Professional expertise and activities which the Institute performs to protect nature and natural resources are described in Article 14 of the Law on Nature Protection including, inter alia:
collecting and processing of data on nature and natural values; monitoring the status of protected areas and assessing the nature and degree of their vulnerability; preparation of protection studies; preparation of proposals for the protection of the area in question; keeping a register of protected natural assets and inventory of separate components of geological, biological and landscape diversity; creating conditions for the works on protected natural assets and performing expert supervision with the proposal of measures; provision of professional expertise and support to nature conservation authorities and experts and other participants in natural resource management; establishment of conditions and measures for the protection of nature and natural values in the process of drafting and implementation of spatial and urban plans, project documentation, programs and strategies in all activities that address the nature, organization and implementation of educational and promotional activities to protect nature; ratification and implementation of international environmental agreements; preparation of studies for the valorization of natural heritage areas that are under the jurisdiction of local self-government units.
Establishment of the fundamental database of Information System for Nature Conservation of the Republic of Srpska (ISNC-RS) and various regional cooperation and biodiversity conservation projects were supported by the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Biodiversity (GIZ/ORF-BD) as part of its sub-project “Regional Network for Biodiversity Information Management and Reporting (BIMR)“, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
About the BIMR sub-project (July 2016–2018)
Objective of the BIMR sub-project is to improve BIMR capacities in partner institutions in South-East Europe (SEE) which are needed to meet the requirements of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and European Union (EU) requirements.
The challenges are addressed by ensuring participation and engagement of all relevant stakeholder groups within the SEE region in the design and implementation of three capacity building components in the BIMR sub-project:
Regional and National Assessments of the BIMR Baseline include the following segments:
BIMR Regional Guidelines – these guidelines were written for the purposes of biodiversity data management and reporting by all relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. They are prepared to be generally applicable for all SEE economies. The main focus is on Biodiversity Information System components, taxonomic databases and species catalogues, biodiversity data standards (TDWG, Darwin Core), structured and standardised forms for biodiversity data collection, recommendations and prerequisites for Natura 2000, compliance with the EU INSPIRE Directive, data usage and authorship rights including the Croatian example, national legislation concerning BIMR, georeferencing and gender mainstreaming in line with EU directives and CBD international standards.
Recommendation Paper on Enhancing the BIMR in SEE region - aimed to provide short to mid-term recommendations in terms of further EU integration reforms (e.g. Chapter 27 – particularly legislation, nature protection) by relevant ministries of environment and other relevant decision makers in the field of environment/nature conservation.
GIS training “Data processing and handling techniques for the purposes of efficient biodiversity data management and reporting” was organised in September 2017 for representatives from Environmental Protection Agencies/Institutes for Nature Conservation and other institutions in charge of biodiversity information systems in the SEE region.
Piloting of BIMR Regional Guidelines – two main activities were agreed between the relevant stakeholder groups in the SEE region to be implemented in the period January–July 2018:
The First Biodiversity Data Mobilization Workshop was organised in April 2018 in cooperation with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) focusing on technical aspects of data mobilization – in particular digitization, management and online publishing in line with GBIF standards. It was intended for biodiversity data collectors/integrators/providers from Environmental Protection Agencies/Institutes for Nature Conservation/Institutes for Protected Areas, Environmental Funds, universities (biodiversity professors/assistants), natural history museums (curators, museum collectors) and NGOs from the SEE region.
Fundamental database of Information System for Nature Conservation in Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina
This activity aims to set up a regionally unified national biodiversity database structure, use software tools based on a defined database structure (REST WEB services - specification and partial implementation, sufficient to support WEB site developed in this activity and WEB site(s)) and provide recommendation priorities for further developments of biodiversity database and applications.
The WEB site(s) cover:
The regional approach in the design of this IT solution will create a common platform for regional sharing of biodiversity data, knowledge and experience, considering the technical and organizational/ administrative differences that exist between the countries.
The biodiversity database structure is based on Darwin Core, international standard with a glossary of terms used for sharing of biodiversity information
Direct beneficiaries of this activity are: