Nationally designated areas (CDDA)
As part of the preparation of the “Protected Areas in Europe” report in 2012 and an inventory report of European marine protected areas (MPAs) in 2013 (to be published in 2014), EEA discovered a gap in the data contained within the Nationally designated areas database (CDDA). The gap is in regard to the nationally designated marine areas, which seems to be lacking a number of national site designations, especially in off-shore areas.
The CDDA 2013 call have additional focus on nationally designated marine areas not otherwise reported under the Natura 2000 Directives or under other international agreements e.g. under the Regional Sea Conventions. The process has been further elaborated in the Commission paper “Marine protected areas under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive” as agreed at the Marine Expert Group meeting on 6th November 2012.
At the Joint Meeting of the Nature, Marine and Water Directors Meeting of December 2013, Vilnius, the Directors welcomed the initiatives to work together on marine protected areas (MPAs) under both Natura 2000 and the MSFD provisions through a strengthened Marine Expert Group as being the coordinating Working Group for MPAs. This included the further development of joined-up implementation efforts in line with respective legal obligations. The EIONET contact points are therefore encouraged to take contact to the national representatives of the Marine Expert Group in order to coordinate national efforts on MPAs.
This report from European Environment Agency describes and analyses protected areas in Europe, e.g. nationally protected areas (CDDA), the EU Natura 2000 network and the Emerald network.
The CDDA is a key data set of the European indicator on protected areas. The key policy question is: What measures are being taken to ensure the in situ conservation of biodiversity components?
The Eionet priority data flows identify a set of agreed, stable, well-defined objectives to provide a focus for countries when they are putting procedures in place for regular reporting.
The objective of the Eionet priority data flows is to encourage countries towards better performance through “compétition amicale” concentrating on praise for achievements rather than blame for failures.
The Data Dictionary contains detailed information on the content, format and structure of a data set.
The data set is published through the EEA data service.
Technical workshop on ongoing quality improvement programme for the CDDA
Follow up session regarding national designations
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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