The Geo-information management team supports organizing and making available spatial datasets for both the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the various other EU policies.

The main policy is obviously the CAP, where the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) was designed as the main instrument for the implementation of the CAP first pillar – direct payments to the farmer, i.e. to identify and quantify the land (and area) eligible for payments. As the CAP modulation reinforces the efforts on sustainable rural development (the second pillar), the cross-compliance with environmental, sanitarian and societal requirements force agricultural GIS systems to store additional data and to interoperate with environmental and other databases.

Although the requirements for geographic data are written down in the CAP Regulations, operating the LPIS and IACS-GIS data faces the same challenges as operating of any other spatial data. The last decade has witnessed fast developments within the Geo-Information community like the publication of the ISO19100 series of standards and the adoption of INSPIRE Directive (EU 2007/2). It is clear that the newly developed methodologies, practices and templates need to be applied to the LPIS and IACS-GIS.

Activities within the Geo-Info team aims to response to the increasing need for this interoperability upon the spatial data in the agricultural information systems. The team enacts upon these by

  • participating at standardisation processes, leading to an LPIS core model,
  • organising the LPIS stakeholders in an INSPIRE spatial data interest community (SDIC),
  • developing user applications for easier data documentation,
  • supporting the Member States with working documents such as the guidelines on orthoimagery production, and with bilateral contacts .
  • design and coordinate the LPIS quality assessment called for by Commission Regulation (EC) 2009R1122 art 6.2

As a European Commission service, the team applies the GI developments to support the Member States to demonstrate the performance of their systems by implementing a Quality Assurance framework and to support other EC services, esp. DG Agri in their assessment of the LPIS.

As indicated above, LPIS creation and maintenance applies the same technologies of surveying and operating as any other systems recording information about land such as land registries and cadastres. While the European Union has no mandate nor legislation on the land administration and the land registry, it financially supports a number of cadastral projects upon request of the Member States or Candidate Countries. The Geo-Information team applies its competences to such co-funded projects.



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      The MARS unit of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), Joint Research Centre is pleased to announce the workshop "LPIS management and challenges" which will take place on Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th of April 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.

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