Natura 2000 areas in Italy

The layer represents the distribution of Italian marine/coastal Natura 2000 areas.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

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Original title
Original abstract
Topic category
  • protected_areas
Sub category Natura 2000 sites (marine and coastal)
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". Geospatial data are freely downloadable at The ownership of the data belongs to the Ministry for the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea and to the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, each for the data related to its territory. The data may only be used for non-commercial purposes, subject to prior acknowledgement of the source. Distribution, adaptation and any other modification is prohibited.
    Validation level Official data
    Additional information Natura 2000 is the main instrument of European Union policy for the conservation of biodiversity. It is an ecological network spread throughout the territory of the Union, established under the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC to ensure the long-term maintenance of natural habitats and species of flora and fauna that are threatened or rare at Community level. The Natura 2000 network consists of Sites of Community Interest (SCIs), identified by Member States in accordance with the Habitats Directive, which are subsequently designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), and also includes Special Protection Areas (SPAs) established under the Birds Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds. Further information on Natura 2000 Areas can be found on the following page of the MiTE website:
    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)