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Preparation of the Land Parcel Identification System for Bulgaria and SAFIR related Projects

The Ministry of Agriculture of Bulgaria with the support of MARS-PAC of
the Institute for Protection and Security of Citizen at the Join
Research Center started two pilot projects for the preparation of the
methodology for the creation of the Land Parcel Identification System
(LPIS). Both projects are implemented by the Remote Sensing Application
Center (ReSAC).

The LPIS pilots were defined as a base of the results of the Pilot
Study for Control with Remote Sensing of Area-Based Subsidies in
Bulgaria, financed by JRC and implemented by RESABU consortium in 2004
(ReSAC – Bulgaria, AIRECTS – France/Spain, Intelgeo – Bulgaria).
The aim of the projects is to complete
results obtained in the Pilot Study for Control with Remote Sensing in
a different context in order to define an overall strategy for BG and
to prepare technical recommendations for the Block CAPI. Another
important issue in these pilots will be to assess the situation of
agricultural areas with the consequence on eligibility.
The analysis is based on archive VHR data
from Quickbird, provided by JRC. Ref3D from SPOT Image is used for
orthorectification of the imagery. The Directorate “Land Property,
Registers and Information Technology” at the Ministry of Agriculture
provided the digital cadastre of the Municipality of Assenovgrad.
A workshop with the participation of
expert from ReSAC and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was
organized in the beginning of September 2005 by the AGRIFISH Unit, in
the frame of its support to Candidate countries for the implementation
and control of the CAP (MARS PAC action of the JRC 6th Frame work
The objectives are
- to provide a technical overview on the implementation of
the Land parcel Identification System (LPIS) and the IACS GIS
(regulation 1782/03);
- to discuss the first results of the Bulgarian pilot study
on LPIS in Assenovgrad (started in July 2005) using the satellite
imagery provided by the JRC;
- to provide recommendations for the implementation of the Bulgarian IACS-GIS.

The process of managing the aid declaration
and the control of subsidy distribution consists of different
sophisticated services and activities involving as actors both the
administration and the farmers. The IT framework will be the Integrated
Administrative Control System (IACS) and the Land Parcel Identification
System (LPIS). There is a big potential of introducing (as well as
testing) of the voice activated technology in the annual management of
the EU subsidies, which could increase the performance of the system
and guarantee the payments to farmers in due time. In particular, the
introduction of SAFIR technology should be focused on field inspections – as one of the most time-consuming activities during the campaign,
sometimes even a bottleneck of the whole process of subsidy management
and control.
The Project SAFIR is developed under the
Sixth Framework Programme of the EC and one of the project leaders is
the company Voice-Insight Ltd. from Belgium.
The Bulgarian Agriculture Pilot in the frame of FP6 IST Project SAFIR
started in the beginning of 2004 with duration of 4 years. The role of
ReSAC in SAFIR project as local partner of Vraca Regional
Administration is to identify and develop new and interesting domain in
order to prove the efficiency of the technology as well as to increase
the reach and dissemination potential of the project. The pilot was
focused in the field of agriculture, considering the importance of the
future implementation of Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Bulgaria.
The Agriculture will be one of the most
important sectors of the Bulgarian economy after the accession of the
country in the EU. The implementation of the Common Agriculture Policy
(CAP) of the European Union will have a huge impact on citizens in
Bulgaria and will engage enormous resources of the Administration in
order to manage properly the EU subsidies.
The analysis lead to the conclusions that
the introduction of SAFIR technology in the part of field inspections
and other filed activities, complementary to the Control with Remote
Sensing will dramatically increase the performance of both LPIS and
IACS systems and help guarantee the payments to farmers in due time.
Additional benefits for the field users will be the shorter terms of
field tasks completion, the decreased expenses for staff training, the
improved accuracy of data and avoiding discrepancies in the field.
The pilot is implemented by following local
partners: ReSAC (Bulgaria), Vraca Regional Administration (Bulgaria)
and New Bulgarian Technologies (Bulgaria).
Within the frame of the SAFIR Project considering the importance of the
information related to the road infrastructure, the Bulgarian
administration is launching a project Monitoring of the road infrastructure using Remote Sensing and Voice-activated technology
implemented by ReSAC and partners for data collection using modern
technologies. The main aim of the project is the create geodatabase of
the transport corridors, using satellite data and additional field
inspections. The ordered HR and VHR satellite data from 2004 –2005,
covered 80% of the country. The data suppliers were SPOT Image (SPOT
5), EUSI (IKONOS) and Eurimage (Quickbird). The project will be
finalized in the end of 2006.
The scope of the project is to propose a
test prototype that would demonstrate the possibilities of achieving a
leapfrog improvement in the planning and monitoring of the road
infrastructure of the European transport corridors by using remote
sensing data and complementary technology called VQL. The main aim is
to complement the more traditional field inspections with satellite
monitoring of road infrastructure and voice technology to allow
collecting data on the field with high performance and reliability.
This proposal is in accordance to the following main initiatives:
- Development of the Trans-European Networks (TEN) and the introduction of the European standards in all transport sub-sectors;
- Creation of actual and reliable geodatabase for the road
network as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in
accordance to GMES initiatives and the directives of INSPIRE
“Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe”;
- Implementation of Decision of the Council of Ministers
No. 761 from 24.09.2004 for the establishment of common geodatabase for
territory, population and resources of Bulgaria;
These voice enabled field inspections are
necessary and complementary activity to the monitoring and data
collection of the road infrastructure using satellite images. Very
high-resolution satellite data has the ability to provide actual
information of the land cover/land use along the road. However it has a
limited resolution for capture and properly identify single objects
less than 0.6 meters. In those cases when the information from the
satellite is not enough, field inspection with voice-enabled Tablet PC,
containing images and graphical data, will provide and manage the data
in efficient and consistent manner.
This system could provide enough
information for strategic decision-making, related to the maintenance
of the road network and the financial planning for these tasks. Using
thess technologies, the creation of a dossier for the road will be much
faster and for much less budget, than the traditional surveying. In
addition the data collected on the field could be used for validation
of the result from the image interpretation.
The project is implemented by ReSAC
(Bulgaria), Voice-Insight Ltd. (Belgium), New Bulgarian Technologies
(Bulgaria) and Progeo (Bulgaria).
Voice-Insight Ltd. is positioned to become
the leader in the field of voice enablement of Data Base Management
Systems (“DBMS”). Voice-Insight’s software, VQL™ (Voice Query
Language), is a unique automatic syntax-centric technology, which
enables users directly to request and manage information from any
database application by using everyday language.
(Credits ReSAC)