Publicado por: pongpesca | 2010/03/08

Natura 2000 viewer and database

“This is to inform you about the release of the GIS-based public Natura
2000 Viewer that gives easy access to Natura 2000 information in the
EU and has published the respective Natura 2000 database, making
Natura 2000 data for the first time available to the general public at
the EU-level. Both are now online and available through the EEA
website at the following addresses:

Both can also be also accessed through DG Environment’s Nature &
Biodiversity website:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/access_data/index_en.htm

As you know, the Natura 2000 network of protected sites is a corner-
stone of the EU’s biodiversity policy, comprising now nearly 26000
sites and covering close to 18% of the EU’s territory. The need for
public information on this network has risen continuously over the
last years within and outside the Commission. The tools are a results
of a fruitful collaboration between the European Commission, the
European Environment Agency and its European Topic Centre on
Biodiversity, as well as EU Member States, who are sharing a common
vision on the need for transparency and open data exchange.

It will now be much easier for everyone to locate specific Natura 2000
sites and find relevant information linked to the sites. The tools are
building upon applications initially developed for internal use and
accessible on the Intranet to all Commission staff. We hope that this
will respond to the general public’s interest in Natura 2000 and serve
as a useful instrument within the Commission but also for research,
education and outreach and also facilitate the work on integrating
conservation concerns into relevant EU-policies, such as agriculture,
transport, fisheries, cohesion, and others. We will continue to
improve the tool over time so do not hesitate to give us your
suggestions for improvement. Please feel free to circulate this
information to all those who might be interested.

  • Stefan Leiner
  • Acting Head of Unit Natura 2000 Unit – ENV B.3
  • European Commission
  • Environment Directorate-General
  • tel. +32 2 299 50 68; fax +32 2 299 08 95
  • stefan.leiner@ec.europa.eu

Fonte: Mailling list MARINET – 5 de Março de 2010


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