The highest proportion of coastal zone covered by Natura 2000 sites is located on Germany's Baltic coast, the Baltic States coast, Denmark's western coast, Ireland's north-western coast, France's eastern Atlantic coast, western and south-western of the Iberian Peninsula, coast of Almeria, northern Catalan coast, northern and central Adriatic coast of Italy, western Crete and Thrace (Greece).
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In this assessment the coastal zone is determined from the Corine land cover database. Percentage of the coastal zone within 10 km landwards and seawards by NUTS 3 region in the EU-27, which are protected by Natura 2000 sites.