POS Mediu: ” Elaborarea unui suport cartografic digital de rezoluţie înaltă necesar implementării planurilor, strategiilor şi a schemelor de management în Rezervaţia Biosferei Delta Dunării ” (2009-2012) (CARTODD), Buget: 1 148 906 Euro

Project description: The cartographic support used for implementation of management plan in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve was quite old, from 1985. In order to meet obligations arising from implementation of the Natura 2000 network, existing management plan needs to be updated. This requires a cartographic high resolution with good Z accuracy. To achieve this, LIDAR technology has been selected to provide the raw data. This technology provides data with enough accuracy for hydrological models requested in ecological restoration projects, improvement of habitats classification by processing information from DEM and DTM and support for flood hazard maps.

Department achievements: Process LIDAR raw data to produce Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) for Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, updating the hydrological model in order to be used for maintain / restore the good ecological status of ecosystems R.B.D.D. These products are used for: habitat restoration, hazard maps, support for urban planning.

It enables a more detailed classification of habitats by combining information obtained from radiometric data classification of images satellite / orthofoto with information about vegetation height that comes from differences between DEM and DTM.

Internet access to these data was provided by a web GIS client application in combination with a map server, developed by DDNI using only Open Source products. The application allows the user to access the map of Natura 2000 sites and the DTM of Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. The DDNI also provide maintenance for the internet server, where application is located.

South East Europe: Stakeholder oriented flood risk assessment for the Danube floodplains, (DANUBE FLOODRISK), 2009-2012 (392/2009 / SEE / A / 077 / 2.1 / X) Budget: 855 108 Euro.

Project description: The project leader was the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Romania and has partners from Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia.

Information about risk is fundamental to sustainable development along the Danube River. The overall objective FLOODRISK was to develop and produce maps of transnational high quality flood risk for the Danube valley. The key objective has been achieved through intense transnational cooperation and integration of available information from all participating countries. The aim was to use scientific progress to harmonize approaches, using various types of data and end-user involvement.

Department achievements: software for analysis of data LIDAR, finding and correcting errors, combining files, project all data (5000 files)  in the national coordinate system. It was made Digital Terrain Model for the Romanian Danube Meadow to be used in hydrological modeling and design of maps hazard. Based on the scenarios made for Danube Romanian sector (between Gruia and Black Sea)  with hydrological model 1D2D, hazard and flood risk maps were made for ‘return: 10, 30, 100 and 1000 years.

EEA, Copernicus program: GMES Initial Operations (GIO) Land Monitoring 2011-2013 in the framework of Regulation (EU) No 911/2010 – Pan – EU component ( “the action”)

Budget: EUR 199 367

Project description: Monitoring land cover experience begins in 1994 when the Danube Delta National Institute is involved in the first European program Corine Land Cover(CLC) for Romania. Due to the good performance in the CLC projects that followed and coordinated by DDNI, Ministry of Environment trusted DDN professionalism and decide to coordinate this project. Romania has been appreciated in all CLC projects for timely results and the quality of the product.

Department achievements: Verify and improve the High Resolution Layers products for: water bodies, wetlands, urban areas, forests and pastures in Romania. Also GIS layers for CLC2012 and changes between 2006-2012, were made. DDNI is CLC National Reference Point for Romania.

Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation: Development of a common intraregional monitoring system for environment protection and preservation of the Black Sea, (ECO-Satellite), 20011-2013 (430/2011), Budget: 100 000 Euro.

Project Description: Strengthening the knowledge base and management informaţilori necessary to common challenges related to environmental protection in river and marine sistemeler. Making exchange of scientific data and know-how in the field of monitoring and protection of marine, coastal and wetlands in the Basin between partner countries: Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine.

Department achievements: Contribution to Web-GIS system  development  , to provide information necessary for decision makers in order to protect the Black Sea ecosystems, using data from all participating countries.  Converting monitoring data from tabular form to status maps, for chemical parameters.

Romanian Ministry of Environment: Strengthening Natura 2000 2015-2016, budget: 460 000 EUR.

Project Description: Under first Objective of EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020: “Halt deterioration of the status of all species and habitats covered by EU nature legislation and achieve a significant and measurable improvement in their status, action 1 provides” finalizing establishing Natura 2000 network and ensure good management “by providing the Member States” that stage the Natura 2000 network, including the marine environment, is largely complete by 2012 “. Romanian obligations were fulfill by this project. A extensive documentation was made to justify the addition  to Romanian Natura 2000 network of new 53 SCI’s (Sites of Community Importance)  and the extension for other 28 sites. The documentation was sent to the European Commission.
Department achievements: Coordinated the project, provided imaging support for mapping boundaries, biodiversity experts trained in the use of GIS applications, assisted experts in biodiversity in using Natura 2000 national database, contributed to the delimitation of the boundary sites.