About Information System

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. The development of new modules is an ongoing activity.

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.


Protected areas

Areas of pronounced gological, biological, ecosystem or landscape diversity or ares important as bird habitats.

List of Endemic Taxa of South-East Europe

Database about endemic species whose classical localities are found in the area of SEE (vascular plants, mammals, amphibia and beetles (Coleoptera)).

Pilot module RS

Pilot species distribution module of RS with 100 example species.

Flora of RS

Index of plant species of RS.

Protected species of RS

Index of protected species of RS.

Red list of RS

List of species found in RS, which have category of threat assigned according to the IUCN criteria.

About Institute

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.

Chronology of ISNC set up

Modular structure of Information Systems for Nature Conservation enabled gradual approach (modul by modul) on development of the information system. This was, until now, supported by two projects.

Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe – Biodiversity (GIZ/ORF-BD) and Open Regional Fund for South East Europe – Implementation of Biodiversity Agreements (ORF-BDU), are projects funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, enabled development of sveral components of ISNCs in the period 2018–2020:

  • Development of the ISNC portal;
  • Development of List of Selected Endemic Terrestrial Plant and Animal Taxa of SEE module;
  • Setting up the Fundamental database of Information Systems for Nature Conservation;
  • Development of the Module of protected areas of FBiH and RS;
  • Development of the geospatial functionality of ISNCs;
  • Development of the Pilot module as an example of the future look of taxonomic-distributive modules of ISNCs.

More about GIZ/BMZ project

Project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the relevant ministries and institutions in the country u 2021 godini enabled setting up of:

  • Module on protected and strictly protected species of RS and FBiH;
  • Module on Endangered species (Red lists) of RS and FBiH.

More about UNEP/GEF project

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Main office
Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural,
Historical and Natural Heritage of the Republic of Srpska

Vuka Karadžića 4/VI
78000 Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosna i Hercegovina
Phone: +387 (0)51 247 419