The main objective of the project was to enhance the capacity of Estonian Land Board to carry out coordination and implementation of the INSPIRE directive. A prerequisite was to establish access to spatial information according the requirements of the INSPIRE Directive. 

Background of the project partner

The Estonian Land Board is responsible to the Minister of the Environment for the maintenance of the Land Cadastre, co-ordination and execution of land reform in the conformity with valid laws, supervision, organisation and co-ordination of the activities in the field of land consolidation, land assessment, geodesy, cartography and geographical information. The Land Board also manages contracts for cadastral and geodetic surveys, and for topographic mapping. The Estonian Land Board coordinates the mapping of topographic information and manages most of the spatial data sets from the EU INSPIRE Directive.

Challenges and needs

Estonia has an obligation to implement the EU INSPIRE directive, which aims to create a European spatial data infrastructure. This will enable the sharing of environmental spatial information among public sector organisations and better facilitate public access to spatial information across Europe. Fulfilling the requirements of the Directive demands that specific services must exist.

In addition, spatial data available through services must correspond to the INSPIRE requirements – for instance, that different data themes must correspond to data specifications imposed by the Directive. This results in the need for extensive restructuring and reclassification of existing spatial data and acquisition of a new spatial data.   


The project was successfully completed in April 2017. Goals of the project “Implementation of INSPIRE Directive” were:

  1. To convert the Estonian Land Board spatial data to INSPIRE data model and build services
  2. To update land cover data and convert to INSPIRE data model

Results of the implementation are:

  • The Estonian Land Board now has standardized metadata with easier access to information about spatial data and services; standardized spatial data which is compatible and interoperable; and standardized WMS and WFS services which are free for use. They have also developed some download (WFS and AtomFeed) and transformation services. As a result of the project, Estonia is now 1.5 years ahead in INSPIRE implementation.
  • The Estonian geoportal has been updated;
  • Land cover data for 19% of Estonian territory (Hiiu, Saare, Viljandi ja Viru) has been updated.