Areas of competence

UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre is one of the main social partners in implementation of the Carpathian Convention in Poland. We are the member of the Carpathian Convention National Steering Committee and cooperate with the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (UNEP Vienna – SCC). The Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) is besides the Alpine Convention the second international agreement for the protection and sustainable development of a single mountain region worldwide.Carpathian Convention is a framework document. It does not provide specific, easily enforceable obligations. It expresses willingness of the Parties to close cooperation in order to achieve general goals of the Convention. It determines political goals, cooperation rules and obligations of the Parties. Successful implementation of the Convention requires therefore adoption of thematic Protocols containing specific substantive obligations of the Parties.Carpathian Convention was signed on 22 May 2003 in Kyiv, Ukraine, and entered into force on 4 January 2006.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre provides support for actions aimed at combating climate change. Education, social campaigns, trainings, cooperation with public administration and business – all these activities are perfectly in line with the goal to reduce negative human impact on the environment. Climate change is the most important global challenges of our times. Recently, voices have been raised calling for acting quickly and decisively to reverses negative trends and also to develop different ways of the climate change adaption. Everyone can take up actions for the environment every day. Global effect depends on daily activities undertaken in a small scale. Therefore we educate people and raise their awareness. We give tips and present practical examples of how to protect the environment. We can take environmental initiatives together: eco-actions in public places such as shopping centres, eco-zones during cultural and commercial events, eco-integration of the employees (eco-day), eco-lessons in the kindergartens, schools or in the field.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre has been distinguished as the Regional Contact Point (RCO Mazovia) for wide promotion of satellite technologies applications among public administration. The European Earth observation programme Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is coordinated and managed by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Copernicus programme is focused on development of the Earth monitoring system. Data collected from earth observation satellites and in situ sensors such as ground stations, airborne and sea-borne sensors are processed to provide users with reliable and up-to-date information through a set of services related to environmental and security issues (maps, datasets, reports). Common use of the Copernicus services will contribute to more effective and less expensive environmental management. It will accelerate response in crisis situations such as floods or forest fires, improving safety of the citizens in European countries.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre take actions supporting digital skills development. We promote use of ICT for education and GIS for public administration. We always search for new applications of digital technologies in our projects. We not only look for these applications, but also find them and disseminate. While working with teachers we promote inquiry based science education (IBSE) approach. We give practical examples on how to use environmental data from different resources and geoinformation tools to make science lessons more attractive for students. In cooperation with public administration we focus on spatial information applications supporting statutory tasks. We organize GIS trainings for public administration staff, promoting use of free and open geospatial software.        We are the partner of the Polish Broad Alliance for Digital Skills (since 2014) – non-formal association of different institutions, organizations and companies putting a lot of effort into promoting open digital education and effective use of digital technologies.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre is specialized in supplying training for public administration staff in use of geoinformation and GIS tools.We organize courses on spatial information and GIS applications in everyday practice of public institutions, companies and NGOs. We teach how to use geotechnologies for scientific or research purposes. GIS trainings:­    - are crucial for an effective development of e-government,­    - improve skills to work with digital maps and spatial data,­    - help to update knowledge on legal aspects of the spatial data infrastructure development for the local authorities,­    - teach how to use free and open source GIS software.Our trainings are available as face-to-face and online courses. UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre is specialized in supplying training for public administration staff in use of geoinformation and GIS tools. We organize courses on spatial information and GIS applications in everyday practice of public institutions, companies and NGOs. We teach how to use geotechnologies for scientific or research purposes. GIS trainings: ­   are crucial for an effective development of e-government, ­   improve skills to work with digital maps and spatial data, ­   help to update knowledge on legal aspects of the spatial data infrastructure development for the local authorities, ­   teach how to use free and open source GIS software. Our trainings are available as face-to-face and online courses.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre is the national coordinator of the GLOBE Program in Poland.The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program in our country is implemented under the agreement between the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Poland and the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed on 22 April 1997.GLOBE Program gives a chance to conduct real, hands-on science about local environment and put it in a global perspective. Its mission is to improve research skills among students and promote scientific research methods in environmental studies. The Program provides the basis for making science education more attractive and motivating for young people.The GLOBE Program: - provides access to ready-to-use educational materials and ideas for educational activities,- offers practical workshops and trainings for teachers,- builds network of teachers from all around Poland focused on exchanging experience and ideas,- improves didactical knowledge and skills of science teachers.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre is involved in the implementation of the INSPIRE directive. We provide support and advice to local authorities to meet their INSPIRE obligations related to open access to data. INSPIRE stands for INfrastructure forSPatial InfoRmation in Europe. INSPIRE directive is a set of technical, organisational and legal measures better facilitating public access to spatial information across Europe. It supports policymakers in taking rational decisions and actions which may have impact on the environment.INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by the member states of the European Union. They include geoportals which allow for discovery and viewing of harmonized spatial data through web services, catalog services and metadata. National geoportal in Poland is avaiable under the link: www.geoportal.gov.pl.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre is an expert in mapping and cartography. With a use of GIS tools we design and publish maps and geovisualization. Thematics maps, indicative maps, geovisualizations of objects and phenomena (in 2D and 3D), visualization of qualitative and quantitative data on maps, maps conversion (from analog to digital formats) and merging.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre promotes knowledge about Natura 2000 network. We provide tools for environmental data management, including information about Natura 2000 sites. Natura 2000 is an EUwide network of nature protection areas established to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats, and ensuring that future management of these areas is sustainable, both ecologically and economically.The network was established under two European directives: the Habitats Directive and Birds Directive. It is comprised of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) designated under the Habitats Directive, and also incorporates Special Protection Areas (SPAs) which were designated under the Birds Directive. Natura 2000 protects about 20% of the land in Poland. There have been about 1000 sites designated so far.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre has been operating as an Open Source Geospatial Lab since 2013. We focus on promoting use of free and open source geospatial software in public administration and education. Open Source Geospatial Laboratories and Research Centres, ICA-OSGeo Labs in short, are established under the Memorandum of Understanding between the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA). The goal of their activity is to promote and enhance education, research and service activities in the area of free geospatial software and open data all over the world. The motto of ICA-OSGeo Labs initiative is "Geo For All." There are over 100 centres operating worldwide.Open Source Geospatial Lab, operating in UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, promotes use of open data and free geospatial software in particular among public administration as well as teachers and educators. We: - organise seminars, trainings, workshops, online courses and webinars,- develop map applications based on the free and open geospatial components,- implement projects promoting crowdsourced spatial data collection,- provide expert support, for example in the field of INSPIRE directive implementation.
UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre design and carry out social campaigns. We organize for example eco-actions, conferences, ecological picnics. We support companies in formulation of environmental goals in their CSR policies. Due to systematic social and media campaigns we educate different target groups. Reaching them, we are able increase their environmental knowledge, explain interactions between nature and economy. We form environmental attitudes and habits.We invite public and private institutions not only to take part in our social and media campaigns, but also to actively contribute to them. This cooperation helps to form CSR (Corporate social responsibility) policies which take into account needs of the environment. Below: Mapping: Eco-gift. Make a gift to yourself and the environment!
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