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Natura 2000: Habitats Directive Sites
according to Biogeographical Regions

Introduction

The European Union has nine biogeographical regions, each with its own characteristic blend of vegetation, climate and geology. Under the Habitats Directive, Natura 2000 sites are selected on the basis of national lists proposed by the Member States. For each biogeographical region the Commission adopts a list of Sites of Community Importance (SCI) which then become part of the network. Finally, the SCI are designated at the national level as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC).

Under the Birds Directive Member States select the most suitable sites and designate them directly as Special Protection Areas (SPAs). These sites then automatically become part of the Natura 2000 network.

Working at the biogeographical level makes it easier to conserve species and habitat types under similar natural conditions across a suite of countries, irrespective of political and administrative boundaries. Together with the Special Protection Areas designated under the Birds Directive, the Natura 2000 sites selected for each biogeographical region make up the ecological Natura 2000 network which spans all 27 countries of the EU.

Updating the Union Lists of SCIs

Provided that Member States propose changes to the list of SCIs, and in order to ensure legal certainty about the status of any new sites that should be added to a Union List, the Commission proceeds with an annual updating of the Union Lists.

Information about Regions

Alpine Region

The Alps

Commission Decision

2013/738/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a seventh updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7355)

2013/22/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a sixth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8120)

2012/12/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 18 November 2011 adopting a fifth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document C(2011) 8202)

2011/62/EU: Commission Decision of 10 January 2011 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document C(2010) 9663)

2010/42/: Commission Decision of 22 December 2009 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document C(2009) 10415)

2009/91/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 7973

2008/218/EC of 25 January 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 271)

2004/69/EC: Commission Decision of 22 December 2003 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, the list of sites of Community importance for the Alpine biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2003) 4957)

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Atlantic Region

Atlantic

Commission Decision

2013/740/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a seventh updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7357)

2013/26/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a sixth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8222)

2012/13/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 18 November 2011 adopting a fifth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2011) 8203)

2011/63/EU: Commission Decision of 10 January 2011 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2010) 9666)

2010/43/: Commission Decision of 22 December 2009 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2009) 10405)

2009/96/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 8119)

2008/23/EC of 12 November 2007 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2007) 5396)

2004/813/EC of 7 December 2004 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, the list of sites of Community importance for the Atlantic biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2004) 4032)

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Black Sea Region

Black Sea region by Peter Lengyel

Commission Decision

2013/737/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Black Sea biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7353)

2013/30/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Black Sea biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8234)

2009/92/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, an initial list of sites of Community importance for the Black Sea biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 7974)

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Boreal Region

Boreal landscape

Commission Decision

2013/742/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a seventh updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7361)

2013/27/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a sixth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8229)

2012/11/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 18 November 2011 adopting a fifth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document C(2011) 8195)

2011/84/EU: Commission Decision of 10 January 2011 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document C(2010) 9667)

2010/46/: Commission Decision of 22 December 2009 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document C(2009) 10424)

2009/94/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008)

2008/24/EC of 12 November 2007 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2007) 5402)

2005/101/EC of 13 January 2005 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, the list of sites of Community importance for the Boreal biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2004) 5462)

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Continental Region

Continental landscape

Commission Decision

2013/741/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a seventh updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7358)

2013/23/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a sixth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8135)

2012/14/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 18 November 2011 adopting a fifth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document C(2011) 8278)

2011/64/EU: Commission Decision of 10 January 2011 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document C(2010) 9669)

2010/44/: Commission Decision of 22 December 2009 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document C(2009) 10422)

2009/93/EC Commission Decision of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 8039)

2008/25/EC of 13 November 2007 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2007) 5403)

2004/798/EC of 7 December 2004 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, the list of sites of Community importance for the Continental biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2004) 4031)

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Macaronesian Region

Macaronesia, copyright by  Santiago Urquijo

Commission Decision

2013/734/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Macaronesian biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7340)

2013/25/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Macaronesian biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8167)

2009/1001/EU of 22 December 2009 on adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Macaronesian biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2009) 10414)

2008/95/EC of 25 January 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Macaronesian biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 286)

2002/11/EC of 28 December 2001 adopting the list of sites of Community importance for the Macaronesian biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2001) 3998)

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Mediterranean Region

Olive tree

Commission Decision

2013/739/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a seventh updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7356)

2013/29/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a sixth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8233)

2012/9/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 18 November 2011 adopting a fifth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document C(2011) 8172)

2011/85/EU: Commission Decision of 10 January 2011 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document C(2010) 9676)

2010/45/: Commission Decision of 22 December 2009 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document C(2009) 10406)

2009/95/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 8049)

2008/335/EC of 28 March 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 1148)

2006/613/EC of 19 July 2006 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, the list of sites of Community importance for the Mediterranean biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2006) 3261)

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Pannonian Region

Pannonian landscape

Commission Decision

2013/735/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a fifth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Pannonian biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7348)

2013/24/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a fourth updated list of sites of Community importance for the Pannonian biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8137)

2012/10/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 18 November 2011 adopting a third updated list of sites of Community importance for the Pannonian biogeographical region (notified under document C(2011) 8187)

2011/86/EU: Commission Decision of 10 January 2011 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Pannonian biogeographical region (notified under document C(2010) 9677)

2009/90/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Pannonian biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 7918)

2008/26/EC of 13 November 2007 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, the list of sites of Community importance for the Pannonian biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2007) 5404)

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Steppic Region

Commission Decision

2013/736/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 7 November 2013 adopting a second updated list of sites of Community importance for the Steppic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2013) 7352)

2013/28/EU: Commission Implementing Decision of 16 November 2012 adopting a first updated list of sites of Community importance for the Steppic biogeographical region (notified under document C(2012) 8232)

2008/966/EC of 12 December 2008 adopting, pursuant to Council Directive 92/43/EEC, an initial list of sites of Community importance for the Steppic biogeographical region (notified under document number C(2008) 8066)

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