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Habitats Directive reporting

The State of Nature in the EU – Article 17 reporting

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

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 inside and outside the Natura 2000 network to achieve a full appreciation of conservation status.

Then, the Commission pools all the data from the national reports together, with the help of the European Environment Agency and the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, in order to see how well the protected species and habitats are faring across the EU. The results of this EU assessment are published in the ‘State of Nature in the EU’ report. Since 2015 the progress reporting under the Birds Directive is streamlined with the Habitats Directive and integrated in the State of Nature report.

Reporting period

National report
(EU report)

Main focus


2013 - 2018


Third assessment of conservation status and trends, birds included. Input to final assessment of EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.


2007 - 2012


Second assessment of conservation status and trends, birds included. Input to mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.


2001 - 2006


First assessment of conservation status and trends for all habitat types and species listed on the annexes of the Habitats Directive.


1994 - 2000


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

Reporting period 2013-2018

The products from the 3rd reporting period are available here:

Explore the State of Nature data!

Look up the conservation status (and much more) of habitats & species

Reporting period 2007-2012

The products from the 2nd reporting period are available here:

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:

Reporting period 2001 - 2006

Have a look at the results of the first assessment of conservation status and trends of species and habitat types:

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

Reporting period 1994-2000

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

Derogation reporting - Article 16

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:

Notification on compensatory measures Article 6

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