SOIA / Alpine Convention
SOIA - System for the Observation and information on the Alps of the Alpine Convention
SOIA, the System for the Observation and information on the Alps, is a scientific network with an aim to optimize the communication on research priorities and to enhance spreading of their results. It is also a support of policy development and for the implementation of existing priorities set out in the Alpine Convention, its protocols and those identified by scientific activities in the framework of the Alpine Convention. The tasks of SOIA include documenting existing research results and providing an Alpine Catalogue of Data Sources, constituting indicators and thematic work on topics (such as transport, water, climate, natural hazards etc). In addition, it provides with reliable information and competent evaluations, mainly through the common internet portal, and aims to offer an integrated image of the alpine space. One basic activity of the SOIA is the regular elaboration of the Report on the State of the Alps (RSA) on the base of indicators.
(Source: SOIA homepage).