Natura 2000 sites (EMODnet)

The dataset on Natura 2000 sites was created in 2014 by Cogea for the European Marine Observation and Data Network. It is entirely based on spatial data from the European Environmental Agency (EEA), plus additional info, links and selected EEA data joined to the feature attributes, as well as a calculation by Cogea of marine and coastal location of features. It is available for viewing and download on EMODnet - Human Activities web portal ( Natura 2000 is an ecological network composed of sites designated under the Birds Directive (Special Protection Areas, SPAs) and the Habitats Directive (Sites of Community Importance, SCIs, and Special Areas of Conservation, SACs). The dataset covers the whole EU. Following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020, it ceased to be part of the EEA’s institutional networks and governance. In the webmap the EEA dataset has been filtered by Cogea to show only (i) marine sites, i.e. sites with a marine area percentage higher than 0 (as calculated by the EEA) and (ii) sites that, even if not identified as marine by the EEA, intersect the EEA coastline or that are within a distance of 1 km from the coastline (using a 1 km inner buffer from the EEA coastline). In both cases the COAST_MAR field value=1. The EEA coastline dataset is available at Compared with the previous version, this one includes the updated dataset 'Natura 2000 End 2020', published by the EEA in July 2021. For further information (e.g. biogeographic region, directive, habitats, sites, impact, management, species and metadata) please visit the EEA's website hosting the Natura 2000 tabular data.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Original title
Original abstract
Topic category
  • protected_areas
Sub category NATURA 2000
Resource language English
Domain area
  • european_seas_extended
Owner EEA
Provider EMODnet
Data portal EMODnet
Presentation form Image
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 Re-use of content for commercial or non-commercial purposes is permitted free of charge, provided that the sources (both EMODnet - Human Activities, and primary sources) are acknowledged. EMODnet - Human Activities accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the re-use of content accessible on its website. As regards Natura 2000, there are specific terms and conditions relating to the use of downloaded boundary data within the United Kingdom. If you intend to use the UK data you must first agree to the end user licence This data is provided for general information purposes only. Only the data possessed by the competent authorities of the Member States is authentic. Therefore, no rights or legal claims can be derived from the data displayed on this site.
    Validation level Official data
    Additional information
    Metadata completeness Complete

    Additional info - MSP - Environment

    Species, habitats, ecosystems, pressures

    Field Value
    MSFD Classes
      MSFD Descriptors/Criteria
        Non MSFD Classes

            Additional info - MSP - Oceanographic and CC

            Physics, biochemistry, EOV, ECV

            Field Value

              Additional info - MSP - Conservation

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

              Field Value
              Types Regionally designated Protected Areas (marine and coastal)
              Zonation No

              Additional info - MSP - Maritime activities

              Aquaculture, fishing, transport, energy, ...

              Field Value
              Activity types

                Additional info - MSP - Coastal & Land use and planning

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

                Field Value

                  Additional info - MSP - Socio-economic

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

                  Field Value
                  Activity types
                    Value types

                        Additional info - MSP - Ecosystem Services

                        Provisioning, regulation & maintenance, cultural

                        Field Value
                        CICES classes

                          Additional info - MSP - Legal, Governance & Planning

                          Strategic, legislation, planning, administrative, enforcement

                          Field Value
                              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

                              Field Value
                              Relevance (spatial and temporal)
                              • International - present - High
                              • International - future - High
                              • National - present - High
                              • National - future - High
                              • Sub-area - present - High
                              • Sub-area - future - High
                              • Local - present - High
                              • Local - future - High