Natura 2000 and land cover data viewer

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Published 26 Sep 2019
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This data viewer provides information about the land cover and land cover change within the Natura 2000 network.

Natura 2000 is an ecological network of protected areas, set up to ensure the survival of Europe's most valuable species and habitats. The Natura 2000 sites are designated in EU Member States under the Birds and the Habitats Directives. The CORINE land cover (CLC) inventory is covering the European continent. Land cover information may be retrieved as CLC classes, as land cover flows (change) or as MAES ecosystem types. Find more information below the data viewer.

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Natura 2000 is the key instrument to protect biodiversity in the European Union. The Natura 2000 dataset is updated annually. The Natura 2000 information is broken down by country, administrative regions (NUTS) or biogeographical regions. It is possible to filter and show only selected countries or biogeographical regions.

The CORINE Land Cover (CLC) inventory is covering the European continent. It is a hierarchical inventory with three levels of thematic detail. Level 1 has five major land cover groups while level 3 goes to a total of 44 land cover classes. The inventory was initiated in 1985 (reference year 1990) to standardize data collection on land in Europe to support environmental policy development. It is updated at regular intervals, the most recent update was in 2018. In this data viewer, you have access to the 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2018 updates.

Calculations are done separately for sites designated under the Birds Directive only (Special Protection Areas or “SPAs”), for sites designated under the Habitats Directive only (Sites of Community Importance or “SCIs” and Special Areas of Conservation or “SACs”) and for the entire Natura 2000 network. The Natura 2000 network is the combination of the sites designated under the two directives.

In the data viewer you will find three interactive tables, one for the CLC area in Natura 2000 sites designated under the Birds Directive (SPAs) only, one for the CLC area in Natura 2000 sites designated under the Habitats Directive (SCIs and SACs) only and one for the CLC area in the full Natura 2000 network.

Instead of using Corine Land Cover as the land cover unit, you have also the option to use Land cover flows for information on land cover change inside the network or to use the ecosystem types developed under the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) project.

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