Story The European Common Database on Designated Areas develops through international cooperation

The European Common Database on Designated Areas develops through international cooperation

The European Environment Agency, together with UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center and the Council of Europe have joined efforts in sharing procedures for the information included in the European Common Database on Designated Areas- the so called ECDDA.

Release date 02/01/2008
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Geographical coverage Europe, European Union, Pan -European
Keywords protected areas, designated areas, database
Concerned URL http://biodiversity-chm.eea.europa.eu/cooperation/tech_coop/fol391673
Source European Environment Agency

Information on protected areas needs to be reported and managed in a harmonised way, if we are to assess whether protected areas in Europe and elsewhere are adequately contributing to halting biodiversity loss.

To adress this issue,the European Environment Agency, together with UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center and the Council of Europe have joined efforts in sharing procedures for  information on protected areas.

The European Common Database on Designated Areas- ECDDA, comprises information reported by countries which is made public by the EEA and it will be part of EUNIS. It covers the complete geographical area of Europe, the full geographical area under the responsibility of European countries, as well as other States and Territories related to key initiatives of the European region. ECDDA feeds into the World Database on Protected areas managed by UNEP/WCMC, ensuring that European countries report once and contribute to data sets at both the European and the global levels.

ECDDA includes information on location, area and boundaries of all designated sites under (a) National and “sub”-national legislation; (b) European Community legislation; (c) Council of Europe and International Conventions, Agreements and Programs.

 A Memorandum of co-operation was signed between UNEP WCMC and EEA on October 4, 2007 defining joint activities on ECDDA. Both parties recognise the key role and partnership of the Council of Europe (CoE) as defined in its Memorandum of Cooperation with the EEA, signed already in 2003.  The issues addressed by the Memorandum include arrangements for the data collection responsibilities (geographical or per designation type) of each of the organisations involved. The cornerstone of the national designations information comes is the EEA priority dataflow, agreed with all its member countries in the European Information and Observation Network – EIONET. The EU designated Natura 2000 network has derived from the implementation of the European Communities legislation, while information for other sites like the Emerald Network sites  has clearly an international quality attached to it.  How will ECDDA information fit in the global data set for protected areas? Synchronising and harmonising the dataflow between the European Common Database on Designated Areas (ECDDA) and the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is seen as an overarching issue. Joint activities within the memorandum include close cooperation on format, content and timing dataflow management, quality control procedures, dissemination of and access to information and tracking of data licensing or restrictions on datasets provided to ECDDA. 

Within January 2008 a web address designated by EEA will give public access to the progress of this joint work for ECDDA.