European Reporting requirements under the Nature
As part of our work for the UK Government we co-ordinate the
production of periodic reports to be submitted to the European
Commission to show progress towards meeting the objectives of the
Birds and Habitats Directives. We also represent the UK in
discussions on how to improve the reporting frameworks for both
Directives through the work of the Expert Group on Reporting under
these two ‘Nature’ Directives.
Reporting obligations under the Habitats
Directive are set out in Article 17. Every six years each
Member State must report on measures taken and their outcome in
terms of the conservation status of species and habitats listed on
the Directive’s Annexes. Member States have completed three
reporting rounds for the Habitats Directive,
covering the periods 1994-2000, 2001-2006 and the most recent 2007-2012.
The most important reason for periodic reporting is to assess
how the implementation of the Directives affects species and
habitats. The UK considers that reporting should focus on outcomes
and be used as part of a feedback loop in to management of our
natural resources – the results of reports should help policy
makers and site managers evaluate whether current action and
regulatory processes need to be changed or not.
Reporting obligations under the Birds
Directive, are set out in Article 12, which requires reports on
implementation of the Directive every three years. The UK has
completed nine reporting rounds in the three year reporting
cycle, covering the period from 1983-2007. The reporting cycles of
the two nature Directives were not synchronised, making it
difficult to get an overview of implementation in the broad sense.
In 2011, Member States and the Commission agreed that the Article
12 report for the Birds Directive should become more similar, in
terms of format and timing, to the Article 17 Report for the
Habitats Directive. The 10th Article 12 report is the first
in the new format and in the future will be repeated at six
yearly intervals, allowing simultaneous analysis of the results of
both Directives’ reports at both national and EU levels.
Last updated: 4 June 2014