Potentials and limitations of coordinated spatial and non-spatial information

Wallner, Astrid; Schmidt, Ronald; Haller, Ruedi (2009). Potentials and limitations of coordinated spatial and non-spatial information. Eco.mont - journal on protected mountain areas research, 1(2), pp. 33-38. Wien: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press 10.1553/ecomont2s33

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Information management and geoinformation systems (GIS) have become indispensable in a large majority of protected areas all over the world. These tools are used for management purposes as well as for research and in recent years have become even more important for visitor information, education and communication. This study is divided into two parts: the first part provides a general overview of GIS and information management in a selected number of national park organizations. The second part lists and evaluates the needs of evolving large protected areas in Switzerland. The results show a wide use of GIS and information management tools in well established protected areas. The more isolated use of singular GIS tools has increasingly been replaced by an integrated geoinformation management. However, interview partners pointed out that human resources for GIS in most parks are limited. The interviews also highlight uneven access to national geodata. The view of integrated geoinformation management is not yet fully developed in the park projects in Switzerland. Short-term needs, such as software and data availability, motivate a large number of responses collected within an exhaustive questionnaire. Nevertheless, the need for coordinated action has been identified and should be followed up. The park organizations in North America show how an effective coordination and cooperation might be organized.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Geographies of Sustainability
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre [discontinued]
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Wallner, Astrid


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics




Austrian Academy of Sciences Press




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04 Oct 2013 15:21

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12 Nov 2019 14:36

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/36575 (FactScience: 205310)

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