LOGIN

Your E-mail
Password  
Remember me
 Forgotten password
SCALETOOL IntroductionDriversBiodiversityPolicies and managementConnectivity and protected areas

Recommendations for the improvement of species coverage and data update on Natura 2000 sites

Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi

Protected areas are often the last shelter of rare and endangered species. When creating a network of protected areas, or even a single protected site, composition of species should be taken into consideration with special attention to rare/threatened/endangered species present in the given region. In most European countries existing forms of monitoring activities and forms of nature conservation supply such information about presence/absence with more or less detailed information on spatial distribution of various species. Creation of new forms of nature conservation, like the Natura 2000 Network, to efficiently protect biodiversity should reflect such distribution and presence/absence data for its territory. In Poland the Natura 2000 network was created only recently (2009). We have used N2k Standard Data Format (SDF) to evaluate the Polish Natura 2000 Network. SDF data was compared to the information available in the latest Polish Red Data book for vertebrates and invertebrates to assess species representation and through this, the efficiency of N2k to protect biodiversity in Poland.

This comparison allowed us to reach the following conclusions:
  • representation of species is biased towards larger, more visible (vertebrate compared to invertebrate species) and popular species (e.g. butterflies compared to other invertebrates)
  • good representation of vertebrates on N2k in Poland and comparable status both in the Annexes of the Habitat Directive and the Polish Red Data Book (Fig. 1.)
  • poor representation of invertebrates in and large differences in status between the two databases (Fig. 2.)
  • outdated information about species presence - extinct species noted as present in N2k network

Concluding our analyses, the policy instruments and site selection criteria used to create the Polish Natura 2000 network has on one-hand resulted in a well-covered network for groups easily recognizable and well documented. However, due to lack of data for smaller, less "popular species" and evidently outdated data for some others, the coverage of the network for those groups is difficult to determine. Insufficient or outdated data is a problem that appeared during site selection and needs to be solved (e.g. additional field observation or simply updating the data) before considering further monitoring and conservation plans).


Figure 1. Percentage of vertebrate species documented on Polish Natura 2000 sites and/or in the Polish Red Data Book of Vertebrates.



Figure 2. Percentage of invertebrate species documented on Polish Natura 2000 sites and/or in the Polish Red Data Book of Invertebrates.

Copyright and disclaimer: SCALES and SCALETOOL

CONDITIONS OF USE: We explicitly encourage the use of SCALETOOL. SCALETOOL is freely available for non-commercial use provided you acknowledge SCALES as source. For more extensive access to databases (e.g. for statistical analyses or if you want to contribute data), tools, or background material, please contact the SCALES coordinator (send us email).

All rights reserved. USE THIS SOFTWARE AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE SCALES TEAM WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT DAMAGE OR LOSS CAUSED BY THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THIS SOFTWARE.

© 2010 - 2018 SCALES. All rights reserved.