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Species of European interest (SEBI 003/CSI 007) - Assessment published May 2010

Indicator Assessment Created 10 Sep 2009 Published 21 May 2010 Last modified 12 Feb 2015, 12:04 PM
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Biodiversity Biodiversity (Primary topic)

biogeographical regions | conservation | species | biodiversity
DPSIR: State
Typology: Descriptive indicator (Type A - What is happening to the environment and to humans?)
Indicator codes
  • SEBI 003
  • CSI 007
Temporal coverage:
Geographic coverage:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Key policy question: What is the conservation status of species of Community interest?

Key messages

Around half of the species of Community interest (those species which, within the territory of the European Union are listed in Annexes II, IV and V of the Habitats Directive) have an unfavourable conservation status, with variation across biogeographic regions (1).
There are still significant gaps in knowledge, especially for marine species.

The reporting format uses three classes of Conservation Status. 'Good' (green) signifies that the species or habitat is at Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) as defined in the Directive and the habitat or species can be expected to prosper without any change to existing management or policies. In addition, two classes of 'Unfavourable' are recognised: 'Unfavourable-Bad' (red) signifies that the habitat or species is in serious danger of becoming extinct (at least locally) and 'Unfavourable-Inadequate' (amber) is used for situations where a change in management or policy is required but the danger of extinction is not so high. The unfavourable category has been split into two classes to allow improvements or deterioration to be reported. (Assessment, monitoring and reporting under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive: Explanatory Notes & Guidelines DRAFT 2 January 2006).

Conservation status, species by taxonomic group

Data sources: Explore chart interactively
Data sources: Explore chart interactively

Species of European interest — conservation status by biogeographical region

Note: In the Alpine region, more than 25 % of species have a 'favourable' status and more than 20 % have an 'unfavourable' or 'bad' status.

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Key assessment

Unfavourable status is most frequently reported for the species in the marine Baltic region and the continental region (100 and 70 %, respectively).
The variation amongst species groups is limited, but amphibians appear to be most threatened, with nearly 70 % having an unfavourable conservation status. In most cases, the trend information was not available. For many species, recovery to a favourable conservation status will take considerable time. The next evaluation, due in 2013, will help assess the efficiency of the Directive. 


Figure 1 and Map 1 are based on assessments of species as listed in Annexes II, IV and V of the Directive. Member States are required to assess each species in each biogeographical zone in which it exists in the country. A regional assessment has been calculated based on the Member State assessments.


Data sources

More information about this indicator

See this indicator specification for more details.

Contacts and ownership

EEA Contact Info

Katarzyna Biala


EEA Management Plan

2010 1.2.2 (note: EEA internal system)


Frequency of updates

Updates are scheduled every 6 years in July-September (Q3)

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