The project aims to create an infrastructure for spatial data that will reflect accurately the land areas of the «NATURA 2000» network and their terrestrial habitats types, so their management and protection can become more effective according to the Country's commitments towards the EU
Objective of the project entitled: «Development of large scale (1:5000) spatial data infrastructure for terrestrial areas protected under the «Νatura 2000» network at a national scale», is the accurate determination of the outer limits of the land areas of the «Νatura 2000» network, namely Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Areas (SPA). Also objectives are the update, the description and the delineation of terrestrial habitat types in the SCI based on the color scale orthophotos (LSO) and scale 1: 5000 provided by Cadastre SA and field work in SCI 147 and 111 SPAs in Greece.
The SCIs and SPAs are located geographically in southern Greece, and in particular to: part of NATURA 2000 areas of Epirus and the Ionian Islands, all of NATURA 2000 areas in the Peloponnese, Western Greece, Central Greece, Attica, North Aegean, Southern Aegean and Crete.
For the project's implementation the following will take place:
- Photo-Interpretation, based on orthophotos LCO, to accurately identify outer limits of the 147 terrestrial Sites of Community Importance and 111 Special Protection Areas of «Natura 2000» network,
- Fieldwork for the verification of photo-interpretation work in the mentioned above areas,
- Fieldwork concerning vegetation sampling, to update the description and delineation of terrestrial habitat types for 147 Sites mentioned above,
- Work to supplement and correct the Database which includes comments and delineation of habitat types, based on data gathered from the processes mentioned above.
Within the project, at least 7,500 vegetation sampling in the 147 areas of the «Natura 2000» network, will be carried out.