Map of the month February 2024: World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is an environmentally related celebration which dates back to the year of 1971 when several environmentalists gathered to reaffirm the protection and love for wetlands, which are the small environments of plant life and organisms found within water bodies that bring about ecological health in abundance to not only water bodies but environments as a whole. The World Wetlands Secretary Department is originally from Gland, Switzerland and in accordance to the beginning of World Wetlands Day, the Ramsar convention first attributed this recognition in "the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea". World Wetlands Day is celebrated on the second day of February every year. This day serves to recognize the influence and positive production that Wetlands have had on the world and in terms brings communities together for the benefit of Mother Nature. (Text source: Wikipedia, World Wetlands Day). The map is available through our geoportal map.centropemap.org.
Chart of the month February
This month we take a look at the figures on energy supply. How has the share of renewable energy sources developed over the last decade in the four Centrope countries of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia? As an Alpine country, Austria has always had a much higher share of renewable energy thanks to hydropower. For this reason, we have indexed the figures on the basis of 2013 for the purpose of comparability and presented them in this form as a diagram. As Austria already generates a high proportion of renewable energy (approx. one third of total demand), no significant increases have been recorded here. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, significant growth has been achieved in the last 10 years, while in Hungary the trend has only been rising since 2020 after a previous decline. Data source: ec.europa.eu/eurostat/databrowser/view/nrg_ind_ren/default/table
Did you know?
There are three underground networks in the Centrope countries. The first underground line was opened in 1896 in Budapest (already electrified, at this time tramcars were still pulled by horses in Vienna!). Today Budapest runs 4 underground lines with 52 stations in total. The second oldest underground network in the Centrope countries is Prague's metro which opened in 1974. It consists of 3 lines with 61 stations. The youngest underground network in Centrope is Vienna's underground (opened in 1978) with 5 lines and 89 stations. Slovakia does not have an underground network.
CentropeMAP/STATISTICS is a cross-border information system and free geoportal of the Austrian Planning Association East (PGO) which gives planners, decision makers, researchers, teachers, students and everyone else interested a better overview of the Centrope region.
CentropeMAP is a geoportal connecting the region by collecting web map services from the partner countries. The services are brought together in a single map viewer and allow the user to experience a cross-border working area with dozens of data layers dealing with all topics which could be of interest for regional planners and similar professions. Layers are coming from the fields of biota, boundaries, elevation, imagery/base maps, inland waters, planning/cadastre, structure, and transportation.
CentropeSTATISTICS is the only available free web tool to visualise cross-border statistical data in its own connected geoportal allowing the user to influence the way of visualisation in multiple ways in the Centrope region. CentropeSTATISTICS can not only create maps, it also serves charts which are interactively created from the data in the cross-border database. For the Czech Republic, CentropeSTATISTICS does not only cover the Centrope county Jihomoravský, but also features data from the counties Vysočina and Jihočesky which are also adjacent or close to the Austrian border.
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