International cooperation

The Land Board’s international activities aim to strengthen collaboration in the fields of geomatics and land administration with our counterparts in other countries in order to facilitate the development of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure; to contribute to pan-European map products and services; and to participate actively in capacity building and in the exchange of knowledge and best practices in the above-mentioned fields.

International cooperation can be divided into four areas:

  • bilateral cooperation, i.e. between countries
  • regional cooperation, i.e. between the Baltic Sea countries
  • cooperation at EU level
  • pan-European and global cooperation

The Land Board is a reliable cooperation partner and represents Estonia in several international organisations, e.g. EuroGeographics , PCC EuroSDR and UN-GGIM:Europe .

International cooperation

he Land Board has long-term fruitful collaboration with:

The aim of bilateral cooperation is to strengthen the relationship between the parties in the field of geoinformatics, geodesy, land cadastre, land consolidation, land valuation, etc. through the exchange of information, study visits and exchange of data.  

Successfully completed cooperation projects in recent years:

  • “Establishment of GNSS-RTK Permanent Station Network for the Monitoring of the Environment”, financed by the Swiss Government » through the Estonian- Swiss Cooperation Programme 2010-2016.  Public tender “Purchase, Mounting and Installation of the Equipment and Software for GNSS-RTK Permanent Station Network” was awarded to Leica Geosystems.  As the result of the project 28 new permanent stations were established and software installed in 2013-2016.
  • “Implementing of INSPIRE Directive” 2013-2015, financed from EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, donor partner Norwegian Mapping Agency ». The aim of the project was to provide INSPIRE compliant services for all data areas in Appendices I, II and III, and to update 17% of land cover topographic data in the conformity with INSPIRE directive. More information about the project ».

In the field of geodesy the Land Board participates in the work of the Nordic Geodetic Commission » (NKG). The purpose of NKG is to provide possibilities for fruitful gatherings and mutual exchange of professional views and experiences.

In the field of photogrammetry the Land Board takes part in the Nordic NMA Photo-Lidar meetings.

In the field of real estate the Land Board, the State Enterprise Centre of Registers of Lithuania and the State Land Service of Latvia issue real estate market reviews “Baltic Review – Real Estate Markets of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania”.

The Land Board is the national contact point for the European Commission in spatial data related issues (INSPIRE). The INSPIRE Directive was adopted in 2007 and it aims at the creation of a European spatial information infrastructure that delivers to the users integrated spatial information services. More information about INSPIRE is available in the Estonian geoportal ».

The Land Board is the technical contact point for the European Space Agency » and responsible for setting up and operating the National Mirror Site for providing free access to Sentinel satellite data.

The Land Board is a data provider to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service », which provides information for emergency response in relation to different types of disasters.

The Land Board is a member of PCC – the Permanent Committee on Cadastre in the European Union ». The main purpose of PCC is to serve as a network of excellence on cadastre facilitating the exchange of information, expertise and best practices among its members. The Land Board hosted PCC conference and plenary meeting » in November 2017.

The Land Board became a full member of EuroGeographics » in 2001.

EuroGeographics is the association of the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies the purpose of which is to further the development of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure through collaboration in the area of geographic information.

The mission of EuroGeographics is to maintain a network which helps each member to improve their capabilities and role; to facilitate access to the member’s data, services and expertise; and to provide a strong voice to the members.

The main products and services of EuroGeographics to which the Land Board contributes are EuroBoundaryMap- 1:100 000 database of administrative units and statistical regions; EuroRegionalMap – 1: 250 000 topographic vector dataset; EuroGlobalMap – 1: 1 million topographic dataset, EuroDEM – Europe’s digital elevation model, 1:100 000, accuracy 8-10m.

The Land Board is a member of EuroSDR », a not-for-profit organisation linking National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies with Reasearch Institutes and Universities in Europe for the purpose of applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery.  

The Land Board represents Estonia in the Struve Geodetic Arc » Coordinating Committee, the Arc was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List » in 2005.

The Land Board participates in the work of EUREF » (the IAG Reference Frame Sub-Commission for Europe), which deals with the definition, realization and maintenance of the European Reference Frame. The Land Board had the honour to host EUREF Symposium 2019 in Tallinn.

The Land Board is a member of EUPOS » (European Position Determination System) Steering Committee. EUPOS is an international non-profit initiative of public institutions providing GNSS augmentation services. 

The Land Board represents Estonia in the European Regional Committee of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM:Europe »). The aim of UN-GGIM:Europe is to ensure that the national mapping and cadastral authorities and national statistical institutes in the European UN Member States, the European Institutions and associated bodies work together to contribute to the more effective management and availability of geospatial information in Europe, and its integration with other information, based on user needs and requirements.

Last updated: 14.09.2021