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Reference portal for reporting under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive

This reference portal contains reference documents related to the information provided in the Article 17 report formats of the Habitats Directive for the period 2019-2024.


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Deadline for deliveries for the reporting period 2019-2024 is the 31st of July 2025

Format, Explanatory Notes and Guidelines for the period 2019-2024

Reporting format

Explanatory notes

Guidelines on concepts and definitions

Reference material for reports

The report format includes several fields with standardised data, which are also mentioned in the Explanatory notes and guidelines. This material is provided below:

Checklists for Annex I habitat types and Annex II, IV and V species

Population units for species and examples of converting population units

List of pressures and threats and conservation measures

Examples of reporting pressures and threats and conservation measures

Favourable reference values

Technical report and examples of setting the favourable reference values from the Commission's contract 'Defining and applying the concept of Favourable Reference Values' (last updated: 08.02.2023)

Biogeographical and marine regions

The boundaries of the biogeographical regions were prepared at a continental scale. If available, Member States can use their own boundaries digitised at a higher resolution.

The spatial grids for the habitats and species distribution

The marine grids information will be updated and provided soon (last updated 11.06.2024).

Typical species


The lists of codes to be used for the structured information in the report formats (reporting tool and xml schemas) are available via EEA Data Dictionaries webpage.

Reporting tools and data specifications

Range tool

The Range Tool was misbehaving the last couple of months. It is now fixed but Member States are welcome to test it. In case you have used the Tool at this period please check carefuly the results (last updated 25.06.2024).

Technical documents related to reporting datasets

Good practice examples

Past reference portals