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The focus of Activity 2.3 of the ENI SEIS II East project is on land cover mapping, and a step to facilitate the access to, and use of, some spatial data required for SEIS implementation at national level. 

This activity also allows direct links to related initiatives and programmes at the European level; namely the well-established CORINE Land Cover (CLC) project and the just completed work to produce the 2018 update of the CLC layers in the EEA39 countries, and other services provided through the Copernicus Programme; the European Union’s Earth Observation and Monitoring programme.

The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service provides geographical information on land cover, land use, land cover-characteristics, and changes thereof via time-series. The four main components of the Land Monitoring Service are:

The Pan-European and the Local Components of Copernicus programme are managed by EEA. All the land monitoring products can be consulted (viewing), used (services) and downloaded via:

Summary of activities

The main goal is to apply the CLC methodology to pilot areas in each of the six ENI East countries. For doing so, the main components will be: 

  • To set-up and train a National Team in each of the six Eastern Partnership countries to implement the CLC pilot exercise in their own country;

  • To select/agree on the area of the pilot exercise (e.g. about a 50 km x 50 km area around the capital region was proposed);

  • To produce a recent CLC dataset (status layer) by means of computer-assisted photointerpretation of satellite images and reference data;

  • To produce CLC-change dataset for the pilot area (i.e. map CLC changes that have taken place in a 6-18-year period).

The flowchart of the  CLC pilot project implemented in the ENI countries is presented below in Figure 1:

The Technical Specifications  are available at the following link: Technical_Specifications_CLC_ENI_East.pdf


National Event Regional Event

Each of the partner countries has produced and delivered three GIS products for their pilot area:

  • CLC2018, meaning the recent land cover status (resolution = 25 hectares);

  • CLC-Change, meaning land cover changes between the recent land cover and the land cover in the 2000s (resolution = 5 hectares);

  • CLC200x, meaning the backdated land cover in year 200x1 (resolution = 25 hectares). The year of backdating

The GIS products are quality controlled internally by National Teams and verified by the CLC Technical Team of ETC-ULS. The products are accompanied by Technical reports prepared by each country.

1 The year of backdating is slightly different (2000, 2001 and 2005), depending on available satellite imagery


Knowledge resources

Relevant information on the topic can be found on the links below:


Technical assistance (country visits to assess the feasibility to implement CLC pilots in the countries, training, software support, quality control and remote support) is provided by the European Topic Centre of Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC-ULS). At the national level, the implementation of the CLC pilot activities was performed by the following institutions: 

Armenia: Geoinfo LLC

 Azerbaijan: Geodesy and Cartography LLC

Georgia: GIS-Lab

 Moldova: State Enterprise Institute of Geodesy, Engineering Research and Cadastre “INGEOCAD”

Ukraine: National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine 

The EEA contact point is , Project manager.