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EEA and MNHN present a new report on recent terrestrial habitat mapping work
Mar 03, 2014
report_cover‘Terrestrial habitat mapping in Europe: an overview’ is the first review and analysis of terrestrial vegetation and habitat mapping initiatives across Europe, including the methodologies used and the project organisation. It shows the development of relevant concepts and techniques, as well as the ongoing efforts to harmonise information at the European level.

As we can read in the report's introduction, although plant science remains at the core of the approach, habitat mapping increasingly finds applications in land planning and management and is often a necessary step in preparing nature and biodiversity conservation plans. The editors believe that a good knowledge of the condition and distribution of habitats is thus an important element to inform long-term and forward planning decision making, in the frame of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.

This report is the result of a collaboration between the Service du Patrimoine Naturel of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) — the French National Reference Centre (NRC) for biodiversity — and the European Environment Agency (EEA) - European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (ETC/BD), coordinated by the MNHN in Paris.

EEA press release

Download the report here (PDF)