How are the 'legal and policy habitats' related to EUNIS?

The EC Habitats Directive and the OSPAR Convention have both developed lists of habitat types requiring conservation and protection. These lists are not classification schemes per se, but in both cases, the habitats listed have been correlated with types defined in the EUNIS classification (see EUNIS habitats correlation table). They are important instruments in directing survey, mapping and management effort; as such many studies have focused specifically on surveying and mapping the listed types (particularly for the Habitats Directive).

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