The project that, led by Infram, is executed within GBP, shows that geomatics is a welcome technique for policy makers as well. Geomatical techniques (such as the use of satellite visuals and GIS manipulation) can clarify heavy reports substantively. With clear maps the consequences of various policy alternatives can be made recognizable and lucid for anybody. In order to increase the accessibility of this information, the maps are shown using a web-application. Besides an Internet browser no additional software is required.
The team uses the knowledge and experience provided by the NLR.
For example, detailed conservation plans are currently developed for Natura 2000 areas, including the Westerschelde. The future consequences of policies that are currently implemented can be made visible and be explained using geomatical techniques.
This is a welcome solution, especially for policy makers who would otherwise require access to the special software used for the consultation of geomatics files.
In this way, geomatics contributes to more effective policy procedures and, ultimately, to safer areas, the function of which are used more effectively.