Geoportal of the Dniester River Basin

About Project

The Dniester GIS project is an information management system covering the basin of the river Dniester in Ukraine and Moldova (including Transnistria). A GIS (geographic information system) is designed to store, analyse and present all types of geographical data. The Dniester GIS is managed by GRID-Arendal and Zoi Environmental Network and financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. It aims to help the exchange of information in order to support joint assessment and management of the river, and to increase public access to information. Two key achievements are the Dniester Geoportal and the Dniester Environmental Atlas, both of them interactive. The system covers data on hydrology, health and biodiversity. Its database includes spatial data for the whole Dniester basin, which as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova includes a small strip of Poland. Use of the maps and data from the project is unrestricted and needs no licensing, but its managers will appreciate it if users give full credit to the Dniester GIS project, and link back to the website.

The Dniester GIS project Information management system and infrastructures for the transboundary Dniester river basin was executed between 2008 and 2011 by national organizations in Ukraine and Moldova (including the region of Transnistria), coordinated by GRID-Arendal and Zoi Environmental Network and financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The project was an integral part of the Dniester III Project Transboundary cooperation and sustainable management in the Dniester River basin: Phase III – Implementation of the Action Programme.

The aim of the GIS project was to facilitate information exchange at national and basin-wide levels in order to support joint assessment and management of theDniesterriver and to increase public access to information.

The Dniester GEO Portal and Dniester Environmental Atlas are two major results of the project.

They are, however, only the start of the journey towards a joint information management system for the Dniester basin. More effort is needed to improve inter-institutional cooperation, approval of the regulations for exchange of information, and regular updating and maintenance of the GIS system.

More information about the project and the process of development of the Geoportal can be found in the final publication of the Dniester III project. Some technical details about the Portal development are available here.