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EUNIS - European nature information system - database

The European nature information system, EUNIS, brings together European data from several databases and organisations into three interlinked modules on sites, species and habitat types.

European data

EUNIS database in RDF/XML

In order to facilitate combination of EUNIS data with other datasets, the EUNIS database has been made available as RDF/XML. To cater to stakeholders who are interested in only a subset of the data, the dataset has been partitioned into several files.

  • Biogeographical regions
  • Countries
  • Links between countries and biogeographical regions
  • Designations of sites
  • Habitat types (only Eunis, not Habitats Directive)
  • Geographical scopes
  • Habitat types
  • Images and associated metadata
  • Legislation references
  • References to sources
  • Region coverage of protected sites
  • Protected sites
  • Species
  • Species groups
  • Higher (family and up) taxonomies


Additional information

The EUNIS information system provides access to the publicly available data in the EUNIS database. The information includes:

  • Data on species, habitat types and designated sites compiled in the framework of Natura 2000 (EU Habitats and Birds Directives);
  • The EUNIS habitat classification;
  • Data from material compiled by the European Topic Centre of Biological Diversity;
  • Information on species, habitat types and designated sites mentioned in relevant international conventions and in the IUCN Red Lists;
  • Specific data collected in the framework of the EEA's reporting activities, which also constitute a core set of data to be updated periodically, e.g. Eionet priority dataflow Nationally designated areas (CDDA).

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