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Biogeographical regions

Data Created 25 Apr 2012 Published 25 Apr 2012 Last modified 23 Jan 2015, 03:57 PM
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Europe 2011 - The biogeographical regions dataset contains the official delineations used in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and for the EMERALD Network set up under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention)

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Coordinate reference system (ESRI friendly)
INSPIRE compliant metadata set
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Biogeographical boundaries were obtained from the EU Member States and from the Emerald Network countries. These were merged together to produce a European wide map of the biogeographical regions independent of political boundaries. A number of the regions were updated during the work under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and in 2010 the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention adopted a number of changes according to progress in the setting-up of the Emerald Network.

Improved boundaries for the following countries: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sweden.

The scale varies inside the dataset. Some regions, e.g. in EU countries, are 1:1 000 000 while other regions are poorer, i.e. 1:10 000 000. 

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