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pedromonteiro Mar 22, 2012 01:03 PM
Good morning:
I've downloaded some Natura databases from EEA, and found little problems, that can cause less little troubles.
For example, the table "dic_hd_species_annexII_IV_V" in "Article 17 database” <http://www.eea.europa.eu/da[…]ats-directive-92-43-eec> seems to have:
i) duplicate "n2000_species_code" 1910 for Pteromys volans (correct) and Narcissus triandrus (wrong: the correct one is 1996, as far as I can see in Excel table "Extended codelist for species" at EIONET Reference Portal for Natura 2000 <http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/[…]/reference_portal>);
ii) crossed "n2000_species_code"s for Scrophularia grandiflora (herminii) ssp. reuteri (correct 1711, wrong 1708) and Scrophularia grandiflora ssp. grandiflora (correct 1708, wrong 1711).
I've also found that some species have old and new codes; this can lead to troubles in linking databases.
In my modest opinion, there should be an unique and uniform base reference that could fix one stable code for one taxon (different names for the same taxon should be linked to the same taxon code).
Thank you
Pedro Monteiro

Replies (3)
EEA Apr 17, 2012 10:24 AM
Dear Pedro Monteiro,

Thank you for taking the time to report these inconsistencies in our Natura 2000 databases. The reference code list that you are asking for is available at the url below (element 8 and 9) along with other reference information for the Natura 2000 that you may also find relevant.

http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/[…]/reference_portal

We have forwarded your error report to colleagues who are working directly with the Natura 2000 databases, and may return to you with further response.
pedromonteiro Apr 23, 2012 07:19 PM
Ok, but the problem of old and new codes for some species is in element 9 that you indicated (extended codelist for species); so those codes are not stable. Thank you. Pedro Monteiro.
EEA Apr 27, 2012 09:25 AM
The codes for species lists in the Natura 2000 Reference Portal are stable in the sense that existing identifiers of course don't change, but the list of codes/species has been extended. There is a procedure that includes the Habitats Committee (i.e. the governance body of the Habitats Directive with all Member States ) for adoption of the list.

The real issue that you point out is related to the reporting in 2006 under the Habitats Directive article 17 (the database is available for download from the EEA data service). As we are preparing now for the next reporting round in 2013, the look-up tables/code lists have been corrected; but the correction of the old data would require additional work. At the moment it is not clear if there will be resources for this or when it would happen.

I hope this information is useful to you.
Regards

 
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