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NAME - importing of Natura 2000 spatial data of protected areas


vector, geometry

SYNOPSIS --help [-lbmhst] input=name [output=name] [sitetype=string] [habitat_code=string] [species_code=string] [biogeographic_region=string] [member_state=string] [existing_layer=string] [--overwrite] [--help] [--verbose] [--quiet] [--ui]


Print available layer
Print list of biogeographic regions
Print list of EU member states codes
Print list of habitats of community interest
Print list of species of community interest
Print list of protected area site types
Allow output files to overwrite existing files
Print usage summary
Verbose module output
Quiet module output
Force launching GUI dialog


input=name [required]
Name of input file
name of imported spatial data set
Select site type of input (A, B or C)
Select habitat code of input
Select species of input
Select biogeographic region of input
Select member state of input
Import of existing layer

Table of contents

DESCRIPTION imports Natura 2000 protected areas. The tool is implemented for the sqlite/spatialite version of this data (size > 1 GB). Listing und import operations of may be slow due to the huge data file size. Listing (already availabe layers, biogeographic regions, EU member states codes, habitat codes, species codes, protected area site types) and importing (all data, protected areas of a defined habitat/species/member states/biogeographic region) is limited to some small selection of wide range of possible cases.

Important notes

Topological correctness of the input data is not guaranteed, overlapping of (many) polygones may occur. According to GRASS GIS topological model, imported data may have more layers in case of overlapping polygones . The sqlite/spatialite data is shipped in EPSG:3035 projection. The script uses pyspatialite for connecting to the sqlite/spatialite database.

With the database update by end 2015 the column PERCENTAGE_COVER in the HABITATS table was renamed to PERCENTAGECOVER. The addon script was adapted accordingly; for Natura 2000 database versions < 2015, the column has to be renamed back.

Depending on which taxonomy was used to identify species, different species codes may be used for species across EU member states. Check the Reference Portal for Natura 2000 (Codelist for species (Annex II,IV,V)) for species and their synonyms.


# list spatial layer(s) already availabe in the sqlite/spatialite database -l input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite

# import already available spatial layer input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite existing_layer=sv1800

# list biogeographic regions -b input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite

# list EU member states codes -m input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite

# list habitats of community interest -h input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite

# list species of community interest -s input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite

# list protected area site types -t input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite

# import protected areas of type A input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite /
output=pa_typeA sitetype=A

# import protected areas with habitat 3230 input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite /
output=pa_habitat3230 habitat_code=3230

# import protected areas with species 1800 input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite /
output=pa_species1800 species_code=1800

# import protected areas within the Alpine biogeographical region input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite /
output=pa_alpineregion biogeographic_region=Alpine

# import protected areas of member state Austria input=Natura2000_end2014.sqlite /
output=pa_austria member_state=AT



v.import,, v.proj


Helmut Kudrnovsky


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Latest change: Monday Jan 30 19:52:26 2023 in commit: cac8d9d848299297977d1315b7e90cc3f7698730

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