Benthic habitats (Italy)

Distribution of marine-coastal benthic habitats as described in the 4th National Report under Art. 17 of the Habitats Directive. Data are represented aggregated on a 10x10 km grid

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Original title
Original abstract
Topic category
  • types_of_habitat
Sub category Benthic
Resource language English
Domain area
  • italy_marine_areas
Owner MITE
Provider ISPRA
Data portal SID Il portale del mare
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - polygon
Coordinate reference system
    Web services
    • OGC-WMS
    • OGC-WFS
    Derives from
    Derived datasets
    Successor of
    Predecessor of
    Temporal extent
    Spatial extent
    Data accessibility The dataset is visible and openly accessible through the official Italian MSP portal "SID - Il portale del mare" ( ). User have to click the button "Accedi" under the section "Consulta i Piani di gestione dello Spazio Marittimo". Source data can be accessed via the ISPRA portal:
    Validation level Official data
    Additional information The habitats represented are related to: 1110 Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time, 1120 Posidonia beds (Posidonion oceanicae), 1130 Estuaries, 1140 Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide, 1160 Large shallow inlets and bays, 1170 Reefs, 1180 Submarine structures made by leaking gases, 8330 Submerged or partially submerged sea caves. More information on the MITE page
    Metadata completeness

    Additional info - MSP - Environment

    Species, habitats, ecosystems, pressures

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    MSFD Classes
      MSFD Descriptors/Criteria
        Non MSFD Classes

            Additional info - MSP - Oceanographic and CC

            Physics, biochemistry, EOV, ECV

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              Additional info - MSP - Conservation

              Protected areas, OECM, IBA, EBSA, CCH, IMMA, ...

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                Additional info - MSP - Maritime activities

                Aquaculture, fishing, transport, energy, ...

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                Activity types

                  Additional info - MSP - Coastal & Land use and planning

                  Land use, land cover, planning (strategic, coordination, operational)

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                    Additional info - MSP - Socio-economic

                    Living and non-living resources, shipping, tourism, energy, ...

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                    Activity types
                      Value types

                          Additional info - MSP - Ecosystem Services

                          Provisioning, regulation & maintenance, cultural

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                          CICES classes

                            Additional info - MSP - Legal, Governance & Planning

                            Strategic, legislation, planning, administrative, enforcement

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                                Who is in charge?

                                Additional info - MSP - Relevance

                                Relevance of the dataset / resource in supporting the MSP process at different spatial scales and temporal frames

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                                Relevance (spatial and temporal)