This reference portal contains all reference documents (e.g. the coding of species), technical support material (e.g. reporting guidelines) needed to fill the reporting format under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive and to ensure a consistency by all Member States
The Article 17 Reporting format is available here
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 13.05.2011
The Explanatory notes and guidelines for Article 17 are available here
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 31.01.2013
The Delivery note for reporting under Article 12 of the Birds Directive and Article 17 of the Habitats Directive here. Note: in the Delivery manual where it mentions uploading a shapefile the abbreviation .shp is used. When Member States are uploading their spatial data they should upload all the files that make up a shapefle - .dbf, .prj, .sbn, .sbx, .shp, .shx).
NEW:Please notice that the Commission requests Member States to compile a simple ‘audit trail’ for species and habitat indicating the ‘nature of change’ in the overall conservation status in order to better understand the potential changes between the previous and current reporting round. See the background, timing and guidelines here…
Technical specification of the national delivery of the Article 17 reports (Annex of the Delivery note) are available here (specifications updated on 28 May 2013) :
The XML schemas providing the technical specification of the dataset to be submitted as the Article 17 report are available here.
Examples of XML documents are available here
These xml schemas provides technical specification of the datasets to be submitted as a national report under the Article12 of the Birds Directive for the period 2008-2012 and as a national report under the Article 17 of the Habitats Directive for the period 2007-2013.
The original xml schemas have been updated on 19th of April 2013. Use these schemas in order to prepare a delivery of the Article 12 and Article 17 reports!
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 25.06.2013
The final version of the Article 17 reporting tool is available to download here.
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 28.02.2013
The answers to some Frequently asked questions (FAQs) can be viewed here.Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 23.05.2013
If you have questions, please read first the guidelines, then the FAQ, if you don't find an answer there please contact the helpdesk (E-mail: reportingart12art17 [at] mnhn.fr)
(Annex A, field 0; Annex B, field 0.1; Annex D, field 0.1)
The EU rule of the use of the 2-letter ISO 3166 country-code is applied (see iso.org). Exception: UK is used instead of GB in order to keep the existing coding for site identifiers.
|English Name||ISO code||English Name||ISO code|
(Annex A, field 7.10; Annex B, field 0.2.1 & 0.2.2; Annex D, field 0.2)
**These files were updated to correct an incorrect coding for the Steppic biogeographical region 15.02.2013
For information on these check lists, including the abbreviations used to indicate presence or occurrence of species in the biogeographical region,please read the following "Read me" note.
In those cases where a habitat is not present in the 'Check list for Habitats' this database contains a list of habitat codes and names that should be used.
In those cases where a species is not present in the 'Check list for Species' this database (updated on 21.06.203)contains a list of species codes and names that should be used. If a species does not appear in this database, please contact the helpdesk to get a valid code (E-mail: reportingart12art17 [at] mnhn.fr). For species which are already in the database, the given code and name should be used.
For information on taxonomical treatment of some species in the checklist please read the following note.
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 21.06.2013
(Annex B, field 2.1; Annex D, field 2.1)
The EU has nine terrestrial biogeographical regions (Alpine, Atlantic, Black Sea, Boreal, Continental, Mediterranean, Macaronesia, Pannonian, Steppic). Due to practical reason five Marine Regions are used in the Article 17 reporting (Marine Atlantic, Marine Mediterranean, Marine Black Sea, Marine Macaronesian, Marine Baltic Sea). See also here for further explanations.
|Marine Black Sea||MBLS|
Note: The boundaries of marine regions to be used for Article 17 reporting are subject to change as these boundaries are still being discussed under the MSFD.
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 08.03.2013
(Annex A, field 3.1.2)
For the calculation of the of marine area the Mean High Water Mark should be applied. However some Member States need to apply a different definition due to national legislation.
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), (based on input by Member States), last updated: 15.04.2011
(Annex B, field 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 3.1.1)
5a) Standards for the use of population units.
The standardised list of population units and codes, can be found here.
5b) Recommendations concerning exceptions.
Please use the unit individuals (= i) where ever possible or see the list of agreed upon exceptions.
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 20.03.2012
(Annex D, field 2.7.5)
For marine habitat types the'Pre-dominant Habitat Types' under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive can be used.
See also Table 7 (benthic habitats) on page 18 of Commission Staff Working Paper of 14.10.2011.,Relationship between the initial assessment of marine waters and the criteria for good environmental status.
Maintained by: DG Environment, last updated: 29.11.2012
The reference list on threats and pressures is available here. The same list is used for SDF and the Article 12 reporting as well.
The Coordination Centre for Effects has prepared a paper discussing the use of critical loads to assess threats and pressures from nitrogen deposition
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 06.07.2011
(Annex B and D, field 3.2)
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 28.04.2011
The European (ETRS) 10x10km² grid are available on the 'Data and maps' section of the EEA website .
Maintained by: DG Environment, European Environment Agency (EEA), last updated: 15.06.2011