NILS has developed into a national environmental monitoring program umbrella under which a number of monitoring programs are gathered:
- The basic inventory 2003-2020
- Seashores 2009-
- Grasslands 2020-
- Descidious forest 2020-
- The mountain area 2003-2020
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.