Environment – Vulnerable Ecosystem Databases (VME-DB)

Project types: Application development

The FAO Fishery and Aqualture Department, specifically the FIGIS group is involved in many efforts geared towards the conservation of the marine ecosystem and GeoSolutions is honored to work with them on some of the mapping applications they need in order to create effective querying and visualizations of the data they manage.This blog post covers some work we have done to support information dissemination from the Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Database (VME-DB).

The Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems Database gathers information on VME areas stored in harmonized way and disseminated through maps and fact sheets. Every area shows the relevant info and can be downloaded as shapefile.

More informations are accessible through a detailed factsheet

The map can be viewed in different projections

South Polar Projection


VME areas can be searched by their specific attributes or by a full search. All the searches are implemented with REST services.

Let us now summarise a few points about this project:

  • Background maps are served with GeoServer and GeoWebCache which are shared with all the others mapping applications in places withing the department.
  • The appearance of OpenLayers has been heavily customized in order to follow the project’s design guidelins.
  • Most of the data is stored inside the corporate instance of Oracle Spatial, demonstrating perfect integration of Open Source with COTS
  • Extensive usage of CQL filters, SQL Parametric Views and REST services has been made to generate dynamic maps and retrieve non-geographic data.

Last but not least, we believe it is worth to mention that this work was performed via our GeoSolutions Enterprise Support ServicesTherefore, if you’d like to know more about what we could achieve together, do not hesitate and get in touch with us!



  • GeoServer