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Lise Dec 23, 2012 12:25 PM
I ask myself why the assessments in accordance with Article 17 in some countries, for example Spain, are in different biogeographic regions given very detailed and in other hardly? (In Spain, the assessments to Macaronesie Region in detail and in the Mediterranean region, yet very sparse).
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EEA Jan 08, 2013 12:04 PM
Dear Lise,

This dataset is a composition of what the member states have submitted.
Therefore, depending on what was the dataset scale used by every member state, some areas could be more detailed, while other less. The boundaries come from countries via the Habitats Committee set up under the Habitats Directive and from Standing Committee to the Bern Convention via Council of Europe. It is part of the Natura 2000 (EU) and the Emerald processes (non-EU).
However, if you need more detailed information, please let us know and we will do our best to help you.
Lise Jan 08, 2013 10:21 PM
Thank you for the quick response. I would bei interested, if every member state may decide completely free in wich dimension they make their assessments or get they minimum requirements for the assessments by the EU?
EEA Jan 25, 2013 03:00 PM
Information about the existing requirements for the assessment are available in the Article 17 reference portal ( It gives access to all formats, guidelines and FAQs.

You may also get additional information by browsing the 2007 online report on article 17. It explains in detail the what’s and how’s (