The state of the art approach to environmental protection and management calls for the implementation of major multipurpose environmental protection systems and a wide scope of preventive measures. Since environmental protection falls within the scope of problems collectively known as “externalities” which justify government intervention, i.e. the implementation of the required measures, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that adequate data is collected and analyzed prior to any decision making pertaining to environmental protection. It is this responsibility of the Government and the constitutional right of the people to live and work in a healthy environment that are the basis of the development of a Federal Integrated Cadastre of Polluters.
The integrated approach requires a substantial increase in the amount of information and data on which the planning decisions of the future will be based. It is this need for information and data necessary for the implementation of the state of the art forecasting, planning and management (decision making) that brought about the development of the Integrated Cadastre (Inventory) of Polluters in the Danube basin in Yugoslavia.
This paper presents the methodology used in the development of the integrated cadastre and gives a brief review of the structure of the information system used to manage the integrated cadastre.