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Sam79 I found a lot of interesting information about the location of animal species in the Natura 2000 network at the link: https://natura2000.eea.europa.eu/ , selecting 'Search by species'

However, I would like to have that information in kmz / kml format to add it to an interactive map of my academic work. Would that be possible? Where can I access that information in kmz / kml format?

I have tried it on this link: https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/natura-10 , but the information that comes in csv format does not include longitude and latitude, so I cannot locate it when I add the file on my interactive map.

Thank you and kind regards.

Last discussed by natpaul90
Dec 05, 2019 07:01 PM

duichesheoigheach Hello,
I have been researching Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas in Ireland under the Natura 2000 guidelines, namely the Maumturk Mountains SAC, Lough Corrib SAC, Lough Corrib SPA, Lough Mask SPA and Lough Carra/Mask Complex SAC.
I have been reading through the Natura 2000 Standard Data Forms for each area, that are available to the public through our National Parks and Wildlife Service.
In these forms I have noticed that under the section titled "Threats, Pressures and activities with impacts on the site" there are a number of activities listed by their code , their respective rank of threat (L/M/H) and where that activity takes place in relation to the areas (inside/out/both).
I have noticed that in each of these SACs/SPAs there is no noting for the threat posed by Ref: C- Mining, extraction of materials and energy production.
There is no listing of any threat posed by the following subsections of this specific section:
C01.04.01 Open cast mining
C01.04.02 Underground mining
C01.06 Geotechnical Survey
C01.07 Mining and Extraction activities not referred to above.

My questions would be whether the European Environment Agency or the Irish government create these lists of threats to the sites? and if the European Environmental Agency would class exploration works involved with mining (prospecting, geochemical surveys, drilling and trenching) to be of a threat to these SACs/SPAs. And if they might be omitted from the Threats, Pressures and activities section of the Natura 2000 Standard Data Forms because exploration works would not have been considered viable in such areas?

Last discussed by EEA
Sep 02, 2019 01:15 PM

dtrutledge Hello, is it possible to get a higher resolution image of the Map of European Ecosystems found on this webpage: https://biodiversity.europa.eu/[…]/map-of-european-ecosystem-types. The image available via the link "Open map in higher resolution" is only 75dpi, which is actually not very high resolution. For example, the text in the legend of ecosystem types is difficult to read. Also can you fix the links at the bottom of the page to the documents on the draft conceptual frameworks for land & freshwater and marine ecosystem types? They no longer work, or at least did not work for me. Thank you for your assistance, Daniel

Last discussed by EEA
May 22, 2019 12:00 PM

SLai Natura 2000 viewer not working properly.
Since at least a week I have problems in retrieving the standard data forms' contents for the vast majority of sites (regardless of the county or of the sites' types). Below is the error message I get, in case it might help solving the issue

Server Error in '/Natura2000' Application.
The variable or parameter 'numberEmpty' is either not defined or it is out of scope.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.Xml.Xsl.XslTransformException: The variable or parameter 'numberEmpty' is either not defined or it is out of scope.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[XslTransformException: The variable or parameter 'numberEmpty' is either not defined or it is out of scope.]
   System.Xml.Xsl.Runtime.XmlQueryRuntime.ThrowException(String text) +33
   <xsl:template match="sdf">(XmlQueryRuntime {urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt-debug}runtime, XPathNavigator {urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt-debug}current) +112952
   <xsl:apply-templates>(XmlQueryRuntime {urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt-debug}runtime, XPathNavigator ) +374
   <xsl:apply-templates>(XmlQueryRuntime {urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt-debug}runtime, XPathNavigator ) +374
   Root(XmlQueryRuntime {urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt-debug}runtime) +33
   Execute(XmlQueryRuntime {urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt-debug}runtime) +4
   System.Xml.Xsl.XmlILCommand.Execute(Object defaultDocument, XmlResolver dataSources, XsltArgumentList argumentList, XmlSequenceWriter results) +88
   System.Xml.Xsl.XmlILCommand.Execute(Object defaultDocument, XmlResolver dataSources, XsltArgumentList argumentList, XmlWriter writer, Boolean closeWriter) +193
   System.Xml.Xsl.XmlILCommand.Execute(XmlReader contextDocument, XmlResolver dataSources, XsltArgumentList argumentList, XmlWriter results) +28
   System.Xml.Xsl.XslCompiledTransform.Transform(XmlReader input, XsltArgumentList arguments, XmlWriter results) +47
   SdfDataManager.TransformXml(XElement sdfXml, String xsltUrl, XsltArgumentList args, Boolean enableDocumentFunction) +186
   SdfDataManager.GetSdfHtml(XElement sdfXml, String title, String siteCode, String serverPath, String release, String sensitive) +236
   SDFContent.LoadSDF(String siteCode, String release, FormDocument requestedForm, String sensitive) +389
   SDF.LoadCleanSDF() +52
   SDF.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) +356
   System.Web.Util.CalliHelper.EventArgFunctionCaller(IntPtr fp, Object o, Object t, EventArgs e) +14
   System.Web.Util.CalliEventHandlerDelegateProxy.Callback(Object sender, EventArgs e) +35
   System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +99
   System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +50
   System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +627

Last discussed by EEA
Mar 14, 2019 09:18 AM

sqnkova Lion cubs in captivity being endangered by the government - question about possible legal action of EU towards a country part of the EU.


I am writing to you from Bulgaria, where for days now two lion cubs which were rescued from a neglectful Zoo institution are about to be traded back into captivity.

Their case received small coverage by the media, but long story short: an animal rights organization founded in Bulgaria saved the cubs and provided their required veterinary care (crowdfunded); and the initial agreement between the government and the rescue organization was for the cubs to find proper care and home throughout a secure wild animals shelter located in Holland, and from there a protected natural habitat in UAE. However, due to corrupt politician's private interest in illegally owning the cubs, they're now to be 'gifted' to a Zoo in a city in Bulgaria which lacks the proper conditions and educated staff that can adequately care for the cubs. The likelihood of them dying shortly after being taken there, or ending up at a private estate are too high.

The people have attempted to contact the legal system of the government to no avail, and the media owned by the aforementioned politician is issuing false statements in order to sway mass consciousness and prevent the lions from having the life and fate they deserve. Tomorrow (22-12-2017) a protest will be held in front of the Bulgarian Congress building, backed both by animal rights organizations and civilians.

Further information on the case can be found throughout the Social Media Facebook page of the Wild Animals - @DiviteJivotni foundation, Four Paws - @4paws foundation, Veterinary Clinic - @dobrohrumvane and many more connected pages.

Please advise who else could we contact in EU so that our plea for legal assistance in the matter can be heard!

Thank you,

Last discussed by EEA
Jan 03, 2018 03:49 PM

mariajo I am a researcher at the University of Oviedo (Asturias, Spain), involved in a project beginning at the moment, dealing with an update of the available digital vegetation cartography of the region, using the habitat classification system provided by EUNIS. We are still in the first stages, but we foresee that certain habitat types in the region might not be included in the current online version of the classification (which I assume is the latest accepted). Just to work in the right direction from the very beginning, and searching through EUNIS webpage,

I found some indications in this sense in this document, available online: Moss D (2008) EUNIS habitat classification - a guide for users, and specifically in page 26: "Adding new habitat types to the EUNIS habitat classification". I paste below:
"An undertaking such as the development of a pan-European habitat classification will never be complete, since new research, inclusion of new reference material or extension of the geographical area covered will reveal more detailed habitat types which are not included in the current version of the classification. For this reason it is important for users to cite the EUNIS version date when the classification is used in their project. As mentioned above, the classification is designed to allow flexibility in admitting new habitat types, but it is also hoped that there should be stability in the existing classification, at least to level 3. The developers of the classification at the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity have set out a number of principles which should be respected when the classification is expanded. These are available on request (email
ctecninf@mnhn.fr with ‘EUNIS habitats’ as the subject). Users are strongly recommended to consult the Topic Centre when they wish to add new habitat types for use in their own particular applications. For example, in the study for the Veliko ratno ostrvo island near Belgrade illustrated above, the authors have included F9.4 [Amorpha fruticosa] scrub (this is an alien invasive plant). However a search of the EUNIS website will show only three level three habitats in F9 Riverine and fen scrubs: F9.4 was added by the authors of this study. It would be quite possible for researchers working on different riverine systems in another part of Europe also to add their own new F9.4 – and confusion would soon result. The preferred action would be to discuss the new habitat type with the Topic Centre’s experts who would then advise on how to code the new habitat type, and include it in the next published version."

Following these indications, I wrote a message to that email address last week, asking for the the principles which should be respected in case the classification is expanded, and asking some additional questions. I didn't get any answer, but since that document is several years old, I wonder if the contact email is not the same now, or if I should contact with somebody else among the developers of EUNIS to discuss these topics. Could you help me with this?

Thanks very much in advance for your attention!
All the best,

Mariajo Bañuelos
University of Oviedo - Spain

Last discussed by EEA
Jun 09, 2017 02:59 PM