Pre-scoping document for the marine regions - ETC/BD Technical paper N°2/2015

01 Oct 2015

Iulian Petchesi

Such pre-scoping documents are produced by the ETC/BD in support to the Natura 2000 Biogeographical process which aims at facilitating exchanges among Member States on measures necessary to achieving favourable conservation status of species and habitats of Community interest, with special attention to the management and coherence of the Natura 2000 network. This process involves Member States, key user groups, NGOs and independent experts from a same biogeographical region or marine region. The pre-scoping document on marine regions provides information on marine habitats and species of priority concern within marine regions, taking into account their conservation status as reported under Art 17 of the Habitat Directive. Based on a methodology previously agreed with Member States an analysis resulted in a priority ranking of 9 marine habitat-types and of 25 marine species. The pre-scoping document for marine regions consists in a) The core report which describes the general process, the methodological approach and detailed results of the analysis, b) fact-sheets on each selected habitat-types and species.

Prepared by: Mora Aronsson (from ETC/BD partner SLU, SE), Jérôme Bailly Maitre, Laura Patricia Gavilan and Dominique Richard (from ETC/BD-MNHN, FR)