The article aims at presenting to readers the current status and the consequent Nature Conservancy finding data collecting, management and sharing strategy/policy in the Czech Republic.
The Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic (ANCLP-CR) established and since 2006 has been managing monitoring schemes the outputs of them are a background for nature conservation measure implementation under both the European Community and national legislation. At the same time, ANCLP-CR has established and has been managing some applications, allowing on-line storing wildlife species and habitat occurrence data, using the clear standards. All the files are replied into the Central Finding Data Database, serving as a unified information source on plant and animal species inhabiting the Czech Republic. At present, it includes more than 4 million finding data on both Specially Protected and common species. Annually, hundreds of thousands of recent records collected during the monitoring schemes or non-systematic collection of species data are added. The Central Finding Data Database is accessible trough the Nature Conservancy Portal (http://portal.nature.cz/), where conditions for access are set-up. The database aims at providing unified and credible information source in species protection for both the State Administration and other users, particularly for scientists, researchers, teachers or State Property managers. Consequently, the unified approach to species protection can be guaranteed on the whole territory of the country. As interpreted results, records are available also for the general public. The Nature Conservancy Finding Data Opening Up is conditional on clear rules of its use, which is possible mostly through two ways: A) using records for identifying trends in the selected biological diversity components at the national level (biodiversity indicators); B) local occurrence of the particular species as a background for the specific decision-making. The strategy described is in line with the INSPIRE Directive (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community) and with its implementation in the national legislation framework.