Nationally designated areas (CDDA)

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Created 21 May 2019 Published 13 Jun 2019 Last modified 26 Jun 2019
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The European inventory of nationally designated protected areas holds information about designated areas and their designation types, which directly or indirectly create protected areas. This is version 17 and covers data reported until March 2019.

European data

CDDA dataset

The dataset contains data on individual nationally Designated Areas and corresponding Protected Site spatial features in EEA member and collaborating countries.

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DesignatedArea (112588 records)

Contains information on nationally designated sites and designated boundaries reported through CDDA data collection as Type2 data, with addition of selected elements from corresponding features from Protected Site (Type1) data.

Element nameElement definitionValue definitions
cddaId Unique record identifier within the CDDA data base for nationally designated areas.
The CDDA ID is identical to the WDPA ID and reused in the World Data base on Protected Areas (WDPA).
nationalId The unique record identifier for the site in the national database on designated areas.
cddaCountryCode Code of the reporting country. see Vocabulary
cddaRegionCode Code of the reporting entity, being country, autonomous or overseas region or community, or other territory (e.g. overseas entities as Outermost Regions or Overseas Countries and Territories). see Vocabulary
siteName Name of the Protected Site feature.
legalFoundationDate Year value extracted from the date when the Protected Site was legally created.
designatedAreaType This element indicates whether the spatial object is a designated site or a designated boundary.
The concept "designated boundary" is conceived with the purpose of providing countries with the opportunity to report information about designated areas that are not protected sites in the classical sense but where the areas are still provided with durable protection for flora and fauna.
Examples of designated boundaries could be sets of areas are under general protection because of the occurrence of a specific habitat type (this could be raised bogs, specific meadow types, etc) or where sets of areas are owned and managed with the purpose of improving conditions for habitat types and species (e.g. owned by certain NGOs).
see Vocabulary
designationTypeCode Designation types classify designations by certain common characteristics, such as statutory status, purpose of the protected area, conservation objectives and the related restrictions of use or management measures.
The designation type code list is a sequential list with definitions from the sub-national, national, regional or international level.
The national designation type codes are used in the Nationally designated areas (CDDA) reporting, in the Natura 2000 Standard Data Form and in the Emerald Standard Data Form.
The regional and international designation type codes are related to regional or international legislation such as Natura 2000, Bern Convention, Barcelona Convention or World Heritage Sites or Ramsar sites.
see Vocabulary
iucnCategory IUCN protected area management categories (2008) classify protected areas according to their management objectives. The categories are recognised by international bodies such as the United Nations and by many national governments as the global standard for defining and recording protected areas and as such are increasingly being incorporated into government legislation.
https://www.iucn.org/theme/protected-areas/about/protected-area-categories
see Vocabulary
siteArea Surface area in hectares (ha).
majorEcosystemType The major ecosystem type can be: marine, marine and terrestrial (incl. freshwater) or terrestrial (incl. freshwater). see Vocabulary
marineAreaPercentage Percentage of the total area of marine ecosystems in the designated area.
spatialDataDissemination Code for instructions to EEA regarding dissemination of geographical data (boundaries or coordinates). see Vocabulary
spatialResolutionCode Codes for spatial resolution of dataset from which geographical data for this feature (boundaries, coordinates) has been derived. see Vocabulary
PSlocalId The PSlocalId is mirroring one of the three components of the INSPIRE ID: the localId. The PSlocalId is unique within the PSnamespace, in the same way as the ProtectedSite localId is unique within the ProtectedSite namespace.
PSnamespace The PS Namespace is mirroring one of the three components of the INSPIRE ID: the namespace. The PS Namespace uniquely identifies (copies) the data source of the spatial object in Type 1. The namespace element from the Type 1 data must be reused for the PS Namespace.
PSversionId The PSversionId is mirroring one of the three components of the INSPIRE ID: the versionId. This element provides the life cycle information of the Protected Site spatial object.
remark Remarks about the designated area record.
metadata_versionId Added by EEA. Unique metadata identifier of version of the feature or record. The url points either to the source of the reported data or to a page providing information on the data origin.
metadata_beginLifeSpanVersion Added by EEA. Datetime when feature or record was created. In case of reported data it is the release of the respective CDR envelope.
metadata_statusCode Added by EEA. Status of the feature or record regarding its registration. valid: accepted and valid reported feature or record;
experimental: derived feature or record, e.g. legacy record converted to the new structure by EEA
metadata_featureStatus Added by EEA. Status of the feature or record regarding its reliability. A: Normal feature or record;
U: Feature or record with lower reliability;
V: Unvalidated feature or record
metadata_statements Added by EEA. Additional information or statements regarding the reliability of the feature or record.
id Added by EEA. Unique identifier of the record in the EEA CDDA database.


ProtectedSite (112478 records)

Contains selected information, including the geometry, on spatial object of INSPIRE protected sites reported through CDDA data collection as Type1 data, with addition of selected elements from corresponding records from Designated Area (Type2) data.

Protected sites, where dissemination of spatial data has been restricted by reporting country, are not present in the dataset.

Element nameElement definitionValue definitions
cddaId Unique record identifier within the CDDA data base for nationally designated areas.
The CDDA ID is identical to the WDPA ID and reused in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).
cddaCountryCode Code of the reporting country. see Vocabulary
cddaRegionCode Code of the reporting entity, being country, autonomous or overseas region or community, or other territory (e.g. overseas entities as Outermost Regions or Overseas Countries and Territories). see Vocabulary
siteName Name of the Protected Site feature.
legalFoundationDate Year value extracted from the date when the Protected Site was legally created.
localId One of the three components of INSPIRE ID. The localId is unique within the namespace.
namespace One of the three components of INSPIRE ID. The namespace uniquely identifies the data source of the ProtectedSite spatial object.
versionId One of the three components of the INSPIRE ID. This element provides the life cycle information of the ProtectedSite spatial object.
metadata_versionId Added by EEA. Unique metadata identifier of version of the feature or record. The url points either to the source of the reported data or to a page providing information on the data origin.
metadata_beginLifeSpanVersion Added by EEA. Datetime when feature or record was created. In case of reported data it is the release of the respective CDR envelope.
metadata_statusCode Added by EEA. Status of the feature or record regarding its registration. valid: accepted and valid reported feature or record;
experimental: derived feature or record, e.g. legacy record converted to the new structure by EEA
metadata_featureStatus Added by EEA. Status of the feature or record regarding its reliability. A: Normal feature or record;
U: Feature or record with lower reliability;
V: Unvalidated feature or record
metadata_statements Added by EEA. Additional information or statements regarding the reliability of the feature or record.
geomType Added by EEA. Geometry type of the spatial feature as identified by FME software.
GEOM Geometry of the spatial object.
id Added by EEA. Unique identifier of the feature in the EEA CDDA database.


DesignationType (616 records)

Contains information about designation types and the national and international legislative instruments, which directly or indirectly create protected designated areas in Europe.

Element nameElement definitionValue definitions
designationTypeCode A four character code linked to the legal or other effective means used by countries to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. The code consists of the two digit country code and a two digit numerical value.
cddaCountryCode Code of the reporting country. see Vocabulary
cddaRegionCode Code of the reporting entity, being country, autonomous or overseas region or community, or other territory (e.g. overseas entities as Outermost Regions or Overseas Countries and Territories). see Vocabulary
designationTypeCategory National designation type category / The designation type category (A, B or C) is a categorisation of national designation types according to the aim of the designation type. A: Designation types used with the intention to protect fauna, flora, habitats and landscapes (the latter as far as relevant for fauna, flora and for habitat protection);
B: Statutes under sectorial, particularly forestry, legislative and administrative acts providing an adequate protection relevant for fauna, flora and habitat conservation;
C: Private statute providing durable protection for fauna, flora or habitats;
NA: Category is not relevant or not available for the designation type
designationTypeName Title in original language.
designationTypeNameEnglish English translation of the official title of the designation.
creatingSites A flag to indicate whether the designation type does or does not create designated protected sites (with measurable area).
designationPeriodBegin Time period defining when the designation type was legally designated / valid or became effective.
designationPeriodEnd Time period defining when the designation type was legally ended/retired.
legalReferenceName Reference to legal text - name
legalReferencePublicationDate Reference to legal text - publication date
legalReferenceLink Reference to legal text - URL
legalReferenceLevel Reference to legal text - level (sublist of http://inspire.ec.europa.eu/codelist/LegislationLevelValue) international;
national;
sub-national
legalReferenceOfficialJournalIdentification Reference to the location within the official journal within which the legislative instrument was published.
competentAuthorityOrganisationName Title of the administrative authority.
competentAuthorityWebsite Url of the administrative authority website.
remark Remark about the designation type record.
remarkSource Reference to source of information for the remark.
metadata_versionId Added by EEA. Unique metadata identifier of version of the feature or record. The url points either to the source of the reported data or to a page providing information on the data origin.
metadata_beginLifeSpanVersion Added by EEA. Datetime when feature or record was created. In case of reported data it is the release of the respective CDR envelope.
metadata_statusCode Added by EEA. Status of the feature or record regarding its registration. valid: accepted and valid reported feature or record;
experimental: derived feature or record, e.g. legacy record converted to the new structure by EEA
metadata_featureStatus Added by EEA. Status of the feature or record regarding its reliability. A: Normal feature or record;
U: Feature or record with lower reliability;
V: Unvalidated feature or record
metadata_statements Added by EEA. Additional information or statements regarding the reliability of the feature or record.
id Added by EEA. Unique identifier of the record in the EEA CDDA database.

Additional information

Dataset definition

Definition of the dataset

Documentation

The European CDDA 2019 data evaluation report by ETC/BD will become available here. For now, the 2018 report presents the results from the dataset production, of quality tests and selected statistics of the country deliveries from last year.

Metadata

Additional information

The data for the nationally designated protected areas inventory (CDDA) is delivered by the Eionet partnership countries as spatial and tabular information.

The inventory began in 1995 under the CORINE programme of the European Commission. The CDDA is now an agreed annual Eionet core data flow maintained by the European Environment Agency (EEA) with support from the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC/BD). The dataset is used by the EEA and e.g. the UNEP-WCMC for their main European and global assessments, products and services.

The CDDA is the official source of protected area information from the 39 European countries to the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA).

The CDDA data can be queried online in the European Nature Information System (EUNIS).

Geographical coverage of GIS vector boundary data: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

EEA does not have permission to distribute some or all sites reported by Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Turkey.

Two versions of the dataset are provided. The full dataset ("CDDA_2019_v01_public") includes the entire geographical coverage including nationally designated areas in overseas entities. The "CDDA_2019_v01_public_EuropeEPSG3035" version includes only continental Europe, i.e. excludes the overseas entities. Both versions are provided in GDB and GPKG formats.

 
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