Definition

Geographical areas characterised by specific ecological conditions, processes, structure, and (life support) functions that physically support the organisms that live there. Includes terrestrial and aquatic areas distinguished by geographical, abiotic and biotic features, whether entirely natural or semi-natural.

Description

Habitats and Biotopes is a biodiversity theme that deals with habitats and biotopes as areas and their distinct boundaries. Spatial data model provides characterisation of geographical areas being functional for living organisms: biotopes being the spatial environment of a biotic community; habitats being the spatial environment of specific species. To achieve harmonization on local, national and international level, habitat types should refer to the the European Nature Information System habitat classification in the first place, but could also use Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC as a reference.

Technical Guidance

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    INSPIRE Data Specification for the spatial data theme Habitats and Biotopes European Commission Joint Research Centre European Commission Joint Research Centre en Data Specifications 10/12/2013
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    This document describes the INSPIRE Data Specification for the spatial data theme Habitats and Biotopes
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    Spatial Data Services European Commission European Commission en Data Specifications 11/12/2014
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    Commission Regulation (EU) No 1312/2014 of 10 December 2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 1089/2010 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards interoperability of spatial data services
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    Data Specifications European Commission European Commission en Data Specifications 10/12/2013
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    COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1253/2013 of 21 October 2013 amending Regulation (EU) No 1089/2010 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC as regards interoperability of spatial data sets and services
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    Data Specifications - - en Data Specifications 05/02/2011
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    amendment to the regulation on the interoperability of spatial data sets and services regarding code lists
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    Data Specifications European Commission European Commission en Data Specifications 08/12/2010
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    COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1089/2010 of 23 November 2010 implementing Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards interoperability of spatial data sets and services
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