German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


2001 National Report

The 2001 German National Report and the first Composite Report of the European Commission on implementation of the Habitats Directive in the period 1994-2000

Germany compiled and submitted its first national report to the European Commission in 2001. As the process of proposing sites of Community importance had only just begun – at least in Germany – it was essentially only possible to report generally on progress in implementing the Habitats Directive.

The European Commission’s first Composite Report was published on 5 January 2004 for the 1994 to 2000 reporting period after submission to the Habitats Committee as stipulated. The report contains an evaluation of progress achieved and, in particular, of the contribution made by Natura 2000 to achieving ‘favourable conservation status’ of natural habitat types and species listed in the annexes to the Habitats Directive, including the habitats and populations of the listed species. As several of the national reports included information on developments that took place after the end of the reporting period and as the process of proposing sites was still underway, the first Composite Report, while illustrating the general situation at the end of 2000, also included information on subsequent developments where such information existed.

Part I of the Composite Report contains an evaluation of progress achieved, particularly in relation to Natura 2000 over the period 1994 to 2000.
Separate sections reviewing implementation of the Directive in each of the 15 Member States are presented in Part II.