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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

27/01/2010-Natura 2000 viewer launched

DG Env has launched a Natura 2000 viewer, click here . This resource should prove an invaluable aid to those working in the biodiversity field as for the first time the general public will be able to view the Natura 2000 data.

Natura 2000 is a European network of important ecological sites. Member States are required to propose sites to protect the habitat types listed in Annex I and the species listed in Annex II as Sites of Community Importance (SCI), and if accepted by the procedure described in the Habitats Directive.(EEC/92/43) adopted in 1992, designate these sites as Special Areas (SAC). The SAC together with Special Protection Areas (SPAs), designated under the Birds Directive.(2009/147/EC) signed in 2009, form the Natura 2000 network.

For more information on the viewer (what data it show, why data from some countries are not visible etc..) click here.