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Habitats Directive reporting

Article 17 reporting (progress report)

Article 17 requires Member States to report every six years about the progress made with the implementation of the Habitats Directive. As the main focus of the directive is on maintaining and/or restoring a favourable conservation status for habitat types & species of community interest, monitoring & reporting under the directive is focusing on that.

Monitoring of conservation status is an obligation arising from Article 11 of the Habitats Directive for all habitats (as listed in Annex I) and species (as listed in Annex II, IV and V) of Community interest. Consequently this provision is not restricted to Natura 2000 sites and data need to be collected both in and outside the Natura 2000 network to achieve a full appreciation of conservation status. The main results of this monitoring have to be reported to the Commission every six years according to Article 17 of the directive.

Reporting period

National report
(EU synthesis report)

Main focus


1994 - 2000


Progress in legal transposition and implementation of the directive; progress in establishing the Natura 2000 network, administrative aspects.


2001 - 2006


First assessment of conservation status based on best available data


2007 - 2012


Second assessment of conservation status, based on established monitoring system. Assessment of effectiveness of measures taken for the Natura 2000 network under the directive.

4. 2013 - 2018 2019
Thirds assessment of conservation status

Detailed information on Reporting can be viewed on the CIRCA Platform "Reporting and the nature directives".

Report 2007-2012 on Art 17

The second round of national reports under Article 17 on the conservation status of habitats and species under the Habitats Directive were assessed in the course of 2014 on EU-level, results were summarised and analysed. A range of products are now available for consultation:

The Reporting Format and guidelines as well as other useful information on the Reporting period 2007 to 2012 can be found on the Reference Portal for Art.17 reporting:

Report 2001 - 2006 on Art 17

Have a look at the conservation status of species and habitats:

Natura 2000 Newsletter – issue 26: Healthcheck for Habitats and Species

Leaflet - Healthcheck for habitats and species in the EU

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Brochure – Healthcheck for Europe's protected nature

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EEA report No 4/2009 - Progress towards the European 2010 biodiversity target

Report 1994-2000 on Art 17

COMPOSITE REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION on the implementation of the Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora

Article 16 reporting (derogations)

Art.16 of the Habitats Directive establishes in which situations Member States are allowed to make exceptions (i.e. derogate) from the strict species protection provisions. Every two years Member States are required to report about these derogations to the European Commission.

The Member States reports are compiled and assessed, the results are summarised in composite reports:

Article 6 reporting

Article 6.4 of the Habitats directive (92/43/CEE) requires Member States to inform the Commission if they adopt compensatory measures in relation to projects which have a significant negative impact on Natura 2000 sites. In supplying this information Member States are requested to use a standard format. This format has been integrated into the Commission's guidance document of January 2007 on the application of Article 6.4.

More information on Article 6