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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 2013-2018.


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Format and guidelines for the period 2013-2018

Report format

Explanatory notes and guidelines

Frequently asked questions (available here) provide some specific additional guidance related to the questions from Member States. The following document provides an overview of known issues on CDR and in reporting tools. (last updated:10.04.2019)

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

List of pressures and threats and conservation measures with specific guidance on the use of distinct pressure and measure codes

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: 19.02.2019)

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

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

Reporting tool and range tool

Technical documents related to reporting datasets

Good practice examples