European Regional Development Fund
Supporting common development of the border region based on Geographical Information System
The Tokaj wine region could be considered as a unique and homogenous area from the aspect of landscape and cultural geography, which determines essentially its mining assets, as well as its viniculture and viticulture, in addition the wide variety of its tourist attractions.
The fundamental idea behind the creation of a joint GIS framework performed by Pavel Josef Safárik University Košice, Slovakia and Eszterházy Károly University Eger Hungary was to support the harmonized presentation and organic development of the wine region based on the integration of basic territorial data of the two European member states and the joint handling of GIS database. Databases with different structures and nomenclature make the processing of the GIS data of the wine region, the integration of scientific data, the preparation of mutually advantageous regional development concepts and the transparency of developmental efforts difficult.
The aim of the project is to share the professional experience of the two institutions and to facilitate joint learning processes by the help of specific modular GIS frameworks of the wine region. The proposed system is able to integrate and represent unified GIS data of both sides and supports the realization of functional regional planning and development, marketing, sustainable landscape planning and management, in addition it provides opportunities to deepen the remote sensing skills and knowledge of two institutions. The thematic content of the trilingual GIS framework published on the website can be used as a validated source of information for wine producers, local governments and stakeholders, local administration, residents as well as for the participants of tourism both on demand and supply side. Furthermore, it provides an easily accessible dissemination platform for publication of research results.
One of the most important result of the project is that it provided a new approach for strengthening the cohesion of the border region. The freely available data supporting planning and development could be considered as basis of the common development of the region. We are proud of the fact that not just a GIS system and joint common database were created during the project, but a long-term relationship has been established between the two institutes, which led to further common initiatives.