About GIZ/BZM project


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.

The activities implemented by the above projects were focused on

  • improving the management of biodiversity information and knowledge, as well as
  • the establishment of the fundamental database of Information System for Nature Conservation through a subproject called "Regional Network for Biodiversity Information Management and Reporting" (BIMR). BIMR took place in two phases (BIMR 1 and BIMR 2) during the implementation period July 2016 - May 2021.

Objective of the BIMR sub-project was 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 other relevant EU requirements.


Implementation of activities of BIMR 1 phase in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEE region:

1. Regional and National Assessments of the BIMR Baseline, including following segments:

2. BIMR Regional Guidelines:

  • These guidelines were written for the purposes of biodiversity data management and reporting by the relevant governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Guidelines have been prepared in order 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.

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

3. 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.

  • Recommendation Paper on Enhancing the BIMR in SEE region    PDF

4. GIS training “Data processing and handling techniques for the purposes of efficient biodiversity data management and reporting” (September 2017)

  • was organised for representatives from relevant environmental protection agencies/institutes for nature conservation and other institutions responsible for the biodiversity information systems in the SEE region.

5. Development of List of Selected Endemic Terrestrial Plant and Animal Taxa of SEE

  • List of Endemic Taxa of SEE - database on endemic species represented in the area of SEE. At the moment, the list includes endemic species from several groups of terrestrial organisms: vascular plants, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and beetles (Coleoptera). Information about species include currently accepted name, its systematic affiliation (family level), and info about first record: locus classicus, original author, original name, date and reference. Other data include author(s) of the accepted name, reference in which the name was accepted, and global distribution of taxon. Whenever possible, classic locality was georeferenced. Geopolitically, data cover SEE region.

  • Brochure about endemism in South-East Europe

6. The First Biodiversity Data Mobilization Workshop

  • focus was on technical aspects of data transmission and management – in particular digitalization, management and online publishing in line with GBIF standards. The workshop was organized 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.

7. Fundamental database of Information System for Nature Conservation in Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Implementation of activities of BIMR 2 subproject in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEE region:

1. Development of Protected Areas (PAs) moduls for FB&H and RS

  • PAs modul represent geospatially enabled database with web applications on Protected Areas (PAs) for RS and FB&H. The information presented in the module were based on data from the relevant environment institutions from both entities. The beneficiaries of the Module are the Environmental Protection Fund of the FB&H and the Republic Institute for the Protection of the Cultural, Historical and Natural Heritage of the RS.

2. Development of the geospatial functionality of ISNC

  • Spatial data infrastructure was designed in accordance with EU INSPIRE Directive (accordance to PA's theme) and infrastructure of ISNC database, which was prepared to receive metadata according to the EU INSPIRE Directive standards.

3. Geospatial functionality and taxonomic component

  • „Pilot module“ represent list of the 100 species from different groups of organisms, designed to present the geospatial (GIS) and taxonomic functionality of ISZP in both entities. This module serves as an example of the future look of taxonomic-distributive modules of ISZP (eg. module of vascular flora, reptile, bird, etc.).

4. Introduction of the international standards for biodiversity information sharing (Darwin Core)

  • Improving ISNC using international standards in the field of biodiversity data exchange, in order to facilitate process of information sharing and reporting.

5. Project “Flora Srpske”

  • Development of the geospatial functionality of the „Flora Srpske“ (http://florasrpske.rs.ba/) project, that was implemented by the Faculty of Forestry, University of Banja Luka. GIS database of the Republika Srpska flora is available on ISNC RS, as a separate modul. Project was partially funded by Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of the Republika Srpska.

6. Training for the interface utilisation Administrator

  • Several training were held for technical staff in relevant institutions (Institute and Fund). Administrator interface of database modules enable adding, editing and deleting of any type of data inserted into ISNCs.

7. Policy paper document