Biogeographical regions

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Created 06 Aug 2015 Published 17 Aug 2015 Last modified 28 Jan 2016
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Europe 2015 - The biogeographical regions dataset contains the official delineations used in the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and for the EMERALD Network set up under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention).

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Additional information

Coordinate reference system (ESRI friendly)
Codelist for bio-geographical regions
INSPIRE compliant metadata set
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Biogeographical boundaries were obtained from the EU Member States and from the Emerald Network countries. These were merged together to produce a European wide map of the biogeographical regions independent of political boundaries. A number of the regions were updated during the work under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC) and in 2010 the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention adopted a number of changes according to progress in the setting-up of the Emerald Network.

Changes in version 2011: 
• Improved boundaries for the following countries: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sweden.

Changes in version 2015:
• Update of coast lines (the Caspian and Black Sea)
• Update Ukraine from continental to Pannonian region
• Improved boundaries for the following countries: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

The scale varies inside the dataset. Some regions, e.g. in EU countries, are 1:1 000 000 while other regions are 1:1 000 000 or even 1:10 000 000.



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