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Nationally designated areas (CDDA)

This page contains reference material and links for the reporting of the CDDA.

The latest data call is here.

Reporting permissions are managed by the National Focal Points. Please contact your National Focal Point if you require to be assigned with the CDDA reporter role.

If you need support with the reporting, please contact

Dataflow specific instructions

List of INSPIRE national contact points

If you are not already in contact with INSPIRE colleagues in your country, please consult this list and make them aware that you will need a copy of INSPIRE Protected Sites in GML format for the CDDA reporting.

Conversion tool from Shapefile to GML

If your country is not implementing INSPIRE, you will need to convert shapefiles to GML before uploading to CDR.

Valid coordinate reference systems for the input shapefiles are:

(Excel files are converted to xml when you upload to CDR)

Site code allocation service

The cddaId is the thematic identifier of the CDDA dataset and it is identical with the site code id of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA ID). In order to keep identification of the CDDA site records compatible with the WDPA, the EEA agreed to use and distribute the site code ids list maintained by the WDPA to the CDDA country reporters.


The CDRSandbox is a training and testing environment similar to the real CDR. Reporters can test the delivery process, quality control checks and workflow with their data or data samples.

Supporting documents

Note on the consequences of restricting the access to the CDDA data for the appearance in European and global statistics

  • CDDA dissemination codes
  • Note on the use of the Designated area type (Designated site or Designated boundary).

  • CDDA Designated boundaries concept
  • The importance of reporting the marine nationally designated areas in the context of the MSFD is provided in this document from 2013