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Hana Mesić, Head of Environment Monitoring Department
Zoran Major, Head of Database Unit
Marijo Vranaričić, IT Advisor
Andreja Čidić, Project Advisor
ESBN workshop, Zagreb, 28 September 2006
EIS role (as defined in by-law
on EIS 74/99)
EIS contents
Environmental databases
Enable access to
National reporting on
environmental issues
International reporting
on environmental
Scientific and thematic data
Legal framework
Environmental reports
Environmental policy
planning and programs
Key elements of EIS
Distributed databases
On-line data exchange, links
between SQL server (within
CEA) and external databases
with relevant external
institutions (stakeholders)
Access authorization with
various security levels
GIS technology used for data
presentation, querying and
Internet connections
Authorized access
Use of WEB GIS technologies for data
presentation and individual spatial data
Landfill cadastre
Risk and Potentially Risk Installations Inventory
Environment project database
Environmental emission cadastre; water, air, waste
Air quality database
Air quality
Climate Change
Ozone Layer Protection
Stability, damages and trends in forest ecosystem
Database on genetic resources and forest species seed locations
Metadata on biodiversity components research and projects in designated area
Database on endemic flora and fauna species of Croatia
Adriatic Sea Environmental Master Plan - ASEMP
Databases relevant for SIS
1. Corine Land Cover
2. Potentially polluted and polluted sites
database – GEOL
3. Soil and plant laboratories database
CLC – Corine Land Cover
The CORINE Land Cover 2000 - Croatia (CLC2000)
database is an outcome of a LifeIII project launched by
the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical
Planning and Construction in 2002
CLC 2000-Croatia is a digital database homogenous and
consistent with the land cover data in the entire
European Union.
CLC 2000-Croatia is based on photo interpretation of
satellite images made by national team
The Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical
Planning and Construction has decided to appoint the
Croatian Environment Agency as National referent
institution for the Corine Land Cover
Since December 2005, the professionals and general
public have access to the CLC on the Agency web site
Potentially polluted and polluted sites database – GEOL
Development of GEOL database is in accordance with requirements of National
Environmental Strategy (OG 46/02), and Guidelines for EIONET data collection
on contaminated sites
GEOL has a purpose to provide information and data about potentially
contaminated and contaminated sites, remediation activities, and to provide data
received by monitoring of remediate sites
Information and data will be available for public at CEA web in near future. Access is
secured through special control levels (general public, stakeholders, loading of data,
IT service support)
Main users - government bodies; especially Ministry of Environmental Protection,
Physical Planning and Construction, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water
Management, public administration and local government, general professional and
scientific public.
GEOL structure:
Sources of contamination (recognized and
potential); Municipal and industrial waste landfill,
industrial and commercial localities (energy
production, oil industry, chemical industry, metal
production, electronic production, glass, ceramic
and stone production, textile, leather, wood and
paper industry, food industry), mining sites and
surface excavation (i.e. quarries), former military
sites and storages, oil extraction and storage
sites, oil spills sites, power plants, mining sites,
storage of manure and other pollutant spill sites
Pollutant register: phenols, heavy metals,
chlorinated hydrocarbons (CHC), polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), cyanide, mineral
oil, aromatic hydrocarbons (BTEX) etc.
Status of recognized contaminated sites:
contaminated site management, existence of
preliminary study, research, level of implemented
remediation, existence of monitoring, and
remediation costs (state budget and private)
Soil and Plant Laboratories database
Developed during November 2004 and
January 2005 and regularly updated, in
cooperation with Institute for Soil, Osijek
Soil and Plant Laboratories database has a
purpose to identify and consolidate existing
information about laboratories which
conduct soil and plant material analysis
Database contains list of existing soil and
plant laboratories with contact information,
employee’s structure, equipment data,
samples handling procedures, certification
data, conducting analysis, used
methodologies, hazardous waste
management, etc
Soil and Plant Laboratories database is
available for general public at
Standard form is also available on line for
updates and changes of existing data.
Policy Background for CROSIS development
National Environmental Strategy, National Environmental Action Plan (OG 82/1994, 74/1999)
By–law on Environment Information System (OG 74/99)
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (OG-IC 11/2000, 14/2000)
Common tasks; Developing of soil indicators and data flow system for relevant data collection with aim to
monitor the driving forces, pressure, state, impact and response as the basis for development of strategies
and soil protection programs.
In addition, this tasks are in line with present accession activities whose aim is harmonisation with EU policy.
Present State
There is no systematic collection of data at the national territory
There is no proscribed forms or standards on national level to assure compatibility of methods and data
Most methodologically uniformed data, but not georeferenced, were obtained by semi-detailed mapping of
Croatian territory and production of the Basic Soil Map, scale 1:50.000. Typological, morphological, physical
and chemical characteristics of soils are described in about 5.000 soil profiles.
Even more soil profiles, not systematized, exist within detailed soil research projects for the specific
needs (planning of agro-and/or hydro-amelioration works, erosion researches, fertility control, reclamation
and remediation projects, physical planning, etc.), stored in various research and designing institutions.
Also, the majority of historical data are not stored on digital media (data are scattered in hardcopy
materials), so there is a potential risk of losing information despite availability of some data.
Policy development and implementation: Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning
and Construction, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management
Data collection and CROSIS development: Authority over implementation of activities initiated
through project CROSOTER has been delivered to CEA by Ministry of Environmental Protection,
Physical Planning and Construction in 2005. In cooperation with Faculty of Agriculture, CEA started
preliminary activities: conciliation of CROSOTER principles with EUSIS, and development of project
proposal for CROSIS establishment according to potential financial instruments.
Croatian Soil Information System - CROSIS as a part of Environment Information
System of Croatia (EISC) is considered to be one of the most important instruments for
creation of sustainable soil and land management practice in agriculture and forestry, as
well as placing the environmental protection policies into effect; planning and monitoring
the implementation of Soil protection strategy, Soil protection act and other relevant
Soil Monitoring System is the base for development of harmonised and coherent
Croatian soil information system, compatible with the European soil information
system – EUSIS, crucial for policy-makers, other users and international communication.
This refers both to the current status and to the indicators of future changes of soil state.
-2 0--10
-1 0-0
10-2 0
20-3 0
30-4 0
40-5 0
50-6 0
Ispuštanje NH
> 100
Gra nic a p oljop riv red nih re gija
Po ljoprivredn e re gije i po dreg ije
Gra nic a p oljop riv red nih p od re gija
Gra nic a Žu pan ija
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2010
Ciljano ispuštanje 2010. prema Getenburškom protokolu
10 0 KKm
ilo m e te r s
Ukupno ispuštanje amonijaka
Short-term planned activities:
1. Development of the program and information structure of CROSIS
2. Building of various layers:
2.1. Polygon information layers – soil map, scale 1:250,000
2.2. Point information layers:
• Georeferenced soil profile data
• Georeferenced soil samples data (average and individual)
• Georeferenced soil pollution data
• Georeferenced soil damage data
• Georeferenced soil degradation data
3. Nomination of Reference Centre, responsible for CROSIS maintenance and further
development, data collection and dissemination
Development of the Croatian Soil Monitoring
Programme (SMP) with the pilot project
CEA, with EC financial support started SMP as the base for
development of Soil Monitoring System which will provide
harmonized methods and standards for soil sampling, analysis,
display and dissemination of data and assure data compatibility at
national and EU level
Soil Monitoring Programme will be tested by the Pilot project with
aim to provide information on feasibility, and to remove and/or
improve eventual wrong approach and steps in implementation of
soil monitoring in Croatia
Operationally and technically speaking, all institutions and experts are in place.
From this side, there is no obstacles to develop proper and internationally compatible
Soil information system.
Mentioned activities preformed so far can be grade as valuable and focused in good
direction. BUT without political back-up; legislation in place and proscribed duties
and responsibilities, those activities can not be finished.
Future destiny of Croatian Soil Information System in that term should be followed
and supported by Government in very near future, to assure data flow and data
management system supported by financial and institutional framework.
Thank you for attention!
…with hope to have presentation on legally supported progress on
Croatian Soil Information System development
for another workshop..