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mariajo Jun 01, 2017 11:17 AM
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
Replies (4)
EEA Jun 06, 2017 02:33 PM
Dear Mariajo Bañuelos,

Thank you for contacting The European Environment Agency.

We have a reply ready for you, but I kindly ask you to send your email address to info@eea.europa.eu as we will then send you an email with the answer.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Kind regards
mariajo Jun 06, 2017 03:23 PM
Thanks a lot, I just sent an email to info@ from my email.
Looking forward to your answer!
All the best,