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French National Geographic Institute

On January 1, 2012, the French National Geographic Institute and the National Forestry Inventory merged into a national public administrative establishment, the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information (IGN).

This new national public administrative establishment is under the dual supervision of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and the Ministry in charge of forestry.

The IGN's vocation is to describe the surface of the national territory and the occupation of the land from a geometric and physical point of view, to develop and update the permanent inventory of national forestry resources.

It produces all the appropriate representations of the data thus gathered, disseminates and archives them. It thus contributes to land use planning, sustainable development, the protection of the environment, defence, national security, risk prevention, the development of geographic information and of forestry policies in France and on an international level.

Specifically, the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information will be explicitly entrusted with the implementation of the national geographic information infrastructure. It will be responsible for implementing and administering the government's INSPIRE portal.

IGN employs around 1.800 persons, dispatached in 15 sites on French territory.