National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden (NILS)

Updated 2016-06-28

NILS is a nation-wide environmental protection programme that monitors the conditions and changes in the Swedish landscape.

The programme started in 2003 and includes field inventory and aerial photo interpretation of permanent sample plots in all types of terrestrial environments.

NILS is mainly funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and an important objective is to provide information for follow-up of the Swedish national environmental objectives and the Natura 2000 network. NILS also contributes data to environmental research and international reporting.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
2003 -
Data collection
2003 -
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Jean-Michel Roberge

National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden (NILS)

Dept. of Forest Resource Management

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

S-90183 Umeå, Sweden


Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Higher plants


Regions studied
Biological effects

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Combination of line surveys and plot surveys in the field, as well as aerial photo interpretation for 631 survey squares distributed across Sweden.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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