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Identifier designations
Short name Designations
Dataset CDDA
Reference URL
Name List of National Designation Types
Short Description Table contains the list of designations and references to laws
Definition List of designations types for the country.
Methodology for obtaining data In the table 'Designations', you will find a list of designations for your country.

The complete list is built from the annual CDDA deliveries and maintained by the countries (respective Eionet NRCs). It should be verified and corrected according to the actual national situation.

The national designation types are classified according to three categories:

Category A: Designation types used with the intention to protect fauna, flora, habitats and landscapes (the latter as far as relevant for fauna, flora and for habitat protection).
Category B: Statutes under sectorial, particularly forestry, legislative and administrative acts providing an adequate protection relevant for fauna, flora and habitat conservation.
Category C: Private statute providing durable protection for fauna, flora or habitats

This list also contains statutes under sectorial, particularly forestry, legislative and administrative acts, many of them do not result in a specific list of sites, but they may be used as a designation within individual areas, identified under other legislation.

In 2008, national reference centres for biodiversity were asked to review and harmonise the CDDA list of national designations and the list used for Natura 2000 and Emerald networks.


Element name Datatype Element type
* Parent ISO code (PARENT_ISO) C string Fixed values
* ISO 3 character code (ISO3) C string Fixed values
* National designation type code (DESIG_ABBR) C  (PK) string Quantitative
* National designation type category (Category) string Fixed values
* Title - Original Language (ODESIGNATE) string Quantitative
* Title - English (DESIGNATE) string Quantitative
* CDDA sites (CDDA_sites) boolean Fixed values
Law (Law) string Quantitative
Law reference (Lawreference) string Quantitative
Agency (Agency) string Quantitative
Number of Sites (Number) integer Quantitative
Total area (Total_Area) decimal Quantitative
Number Reference (Number_reference) integer Quantitative
Total area reference (Total_Area_reference) decimal Quantitative
Data source (Data_Source) string Quantitative
Reference date (Reference_date) string Quantitative
Remark (Remark) string Quantitative
Remark Source (Remark_Source) string Quantitative
* To be deleted (To_be_deleted) boolean Fixed values
(an asterisk in front of element name indicates that the element is mandatory in this table)
(the C sign marks a common element)