Article 17 of the Habitats Directive requires Member States to report to the European Commission every six years on the status of habitats and species in the Annexes (Habitats (Annex I) and Species (Annexes II, IV, V)) and on the implementation of the measures taken under the Directive.
The fourth UK Article 17 Report (concerning the period January 2013 - Present) is currently being prepared by the JNCC, working closely with the country's nature conservation bodies (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage), and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland), on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations.
"The assessment aims to provide information on the conservation status of habitats and species listed in the Annexes of the Habitats Directive. Each conservation status assessment for individual habitats and species consists of four aspects or parameters. For the species assessments, these are: range/distribution; population; habitat for the species; and, pressures and threats that affect species future prospects. Information from these is aggregated to generate the overall conservation status assessment for each species."
For this scientific assessment, data, such as that collected by MARINElife, are crucial. As such, in April, MARINElife submitted all sightings data collected on our research programmes in UK waters from 2013 onwards to contribute to the analyses, and help provide accurate and up-to-date assessments of the conservation status of UK species and habitats.