Nationally designated areas (CDDA) - EEA

The dataset contains data on individual nationally Designated Areas and corresponding Protected Site spatial features in EEA member and collaborating countries. This dataset is periodically updated.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Original title
Original abstract
Topic category
  • protected_areas
Sub category National designed MPAs
Resource language English
Domain area
  • european_seas
  • european_terrestrial_area
Owner EEA
Provider EEA Data and Maps
Data portal EEA Data and Maps
Presentation form Map (map represented in raster or vector form)
Spatial representation Vector - polygon
Coordinate reference system epsg:3035 - ETRS89 / LAEA Europe
Web services
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    Successor of
    Predecessor of
    Temporal extent
    Spatial extent
    Data accessibility EEA standard re-use policy: unless otherwise indicated, re-use of content on the EEA website for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the source is acknowledged ( Copyright holder: European Environment Agency (EEA); Estonian Environmental Register 01.01.2020; ©Finnish Environment Institute, 2019; Land Burgenland, Land Kärnten, Land Niederösterreich, Land Oberösterreich, Land Salzburg, Land Steiermark, Land Tirol, Land Vorarlberg, Stadt Wien aggregated by Austrian Environment Agency.
    Validation level Official data
    Additional information The data for the nationally designated protected areas inventory (CDDA) is delivered by the Eionet partnership countries as spatial and tabular information. The inventory began in 1995 under the CORINE programme of the European Commission. The CDDA is now an agreed annual Eionet core data flow maintained by the European Environment Agency (EEA) with support from the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC/BD). The dataset is used by the EEA and e.g. the UNEP-WCMC for their main European and global assessments, products and services. The CDDA is the official source of protected area information from the 39 European countries to the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA). The CDDA data can be queried online in the European Nature Information System (EUNIS). Geographical coverage of GIS vector boundary data: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244/99, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. EEA does not have permission to distribute some or all sites reported by Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Turkey. Two versions of the dataset are provided. The full dataset ("CDDA_2020_v01_public") includes the entire geographical coverage including nationally designated areas in overseas entities. The "CDDA_2020_v01_public_EuropeEPSG3035" version includes only continental Europe, i.e. excludes the overseas entities. Both versions are provided in GDB and GPKG formats.
    Metadata completeness Complete

    Additional info - MSP - Environment

    Species, habitats, ecosystems, pressures

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      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)