UN-GGIM: Europe is a regional committee of the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). It was formally established on 1 October 2014 when the European UN Member States assumed full responsibility for its operations and adopted a work plan. An executive committee led by Bengt Kjellson from Sweden oversees its activities and reports regularly to the UN-GGIM global Committee of Experts. Attendance at UN-GGIM: Europe meetings is by invitation only. For more information, please contact Carol Agius from the Secretariat, EuroGeographics.

A brief introduction to the aims, objectives and workplan of UN-GGIM: Europe can be viewed in this PDF document.

Use Case: DE2 Flood protection (Germany)

Flooding occurs when the water level or the flow have reached or exceeded a certain threshold value. Depending on the water level and the degree of adaptation to potential floods these can have catastrophic outcomes for the people living along the water and for economy and infrastructure there.

Use Case: DE1 Wind Power: Where New Plants could still be worthwhile (Germany)
Where New Plants could still be worthwhile

In order to move away from a dependency on coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power towards renewable energy studies have been carried out to identify where new wind turbines still are a reasonable option. By combining the information from two maps, one that shows where the wind blows strongly enough to ensure that wind power plants will be worthwhile and one that shows where wind power capacity has already been installed, it became visible where there are still unused wind power capacities.

Use Case: Urban/rural classification (Albania)

Albania has applied the European urban/rural classification based on a 1km square km population grid. Statistical data for urban and rural areas are important for the central government and for local authorities while planning and managing services for local communities. The allocation of health and social care funding, housing, roads, water and sewerage and the provision and maintenance of schools have all distinctive aspects in urban and rural areas. Employment for urban and rural population has different features as well.