About Information System

Information System for Nature Conservation of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ISNC-FB&H) comprises information about natural (biological and geological) heritage of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the form of data bases, applications and web services. ISNC-FB&H is built for collecting, keeping, maintaining and sharing of information.

According to the Article 197 of the Law on Nature Protection of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Official Gazette of the Federation of B&H 66/13 from 28 August 2013) Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism organize while Federal Institute for Nature Protection (FINP) manages Information System for Nature Conservation (ISNC) as a part of a common Information System of the Ministry, and in compliance with the international standards and commitments. According to the same article, FINP should conduct collecting, processing and merging of information about nature condition, preparation of reports and management and maintanence of the ISNC.

Since FINP is not yet established, the Government of the Federation of B&H have come with the Resolution No. 146/2018 from the 1 February 2018, which obligates the Environmental Fund of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Fund) to commence activities in order to establish ISNC. The Fund was assigned with the task of establishing and development of ISNC until the moment of the establishment of FINP.

This portal is a landing page for publishing all modular parts of ISNC-FB&H (protected areas, flora, fauna, protected species, red list, 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.


Protected areas of FB&H

Areas of pronounced geological, biological, ecosystem or landscape diversity or areas 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 FB&H

Pilot species distribution module of FB&H with 100 example species

Flora of FB&H

Index of plant species of FB&H.

Fauna of FB&H

Index of animal species of FB&H.

Red list of FB&H

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

About Fund

Environmental Fund of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is structured, nonprofit, financial institution, which as a legal entity has rights, obligations and responsibilities stipulated by the Law on Fund, Statute and other legal provisions. The Government of the Federation B&H has established the Fund on 8 July 2003, and it became operational in 2010. In the last ten years the Fund is being recognized as a subject, which financially and technically supports achieving goals defined by relevant national and international documents.

Fund has proved itself as one of the initiators of economic development of FB&H, with the constant transparency in acquiring, managing and using of its financial assets.

Main reasons for the inclusion of the Fund in the process of the establishment and management of ISNC are its recognition as a transparent source of relevant and verified information, availability of the results and information about financed projects as well as continuous financing of the projects related to nature conservation.

About project

Establishment of the fundamental database of Information System for Nature Conservation of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ISNC-FB&H) 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:

Component 1

Regional and National Assessments of the BIMR Baseline include the following segments:

  • a) Stakeholder Assessment - mapping the interests and relationships of relevant stakeholders in targeted SEE economies. This activity is linked to their role and functions, professional knowledge and experiences in biodiversity data collection and analysis, verification and validation, and reporting;
  • b) Policy Set-up Assessment - focusing on the national legislative framework, instruments and tools at each stakeholder’s home institution regarding BIMR;
  • c) Information System Set-up Assessment - addressing ongoing initiatives related to the Biodiversity Information System, data collection, data processing and analysis, data provision and data use, information system financial and staff capacity.

Regional Assessment of Biodiversity Information Management and Reporting Baseline For South-East Europe    PDF

National Assessment of Biodiversity Information Management and Reporting Baseline For Bosnia and Herzegovina    PDF

Component 2

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.

Biodiversity Information Management and Reporting Guidelines for South-East Europe    PDF

Recommendation Paper on Enhancing the BIMR in SEE region    PDF

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.

Component 3

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:

  • Standard Data Form – SDF for Natura 2000 including reporting data requirements, for Macedonia;
  • List of Endemic Taxa of SEE for Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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:

Overview of the Fundamental Database for the Information System for Nature Conservation/Biodiversity in South/East Europe (technical report)    PDF

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