|This progress assessment is based on Birdlife Partners’ expert assessment of progress in their Member State with regard to the designation of sites for the terrestrial Natura 2000 network.However, as no scientific methodology has been applied, the assessment remains subjective.The assessment does not refer to the designation of marine Natura 2000 sites. The assessment takes into account designation of Special Protection Areas (under the Birds Directive) and Sites of Community Importance (under the Habitats Directive).
Key to the rating:
Sophie Herbert, Sophie.herbert(at)birdlife.org
 ‘Umweltdachverband’ Austria (NGO) has prepared a shadow list to highlight gaps in the network in June 2012 (see http://www.umweltdachverband.at/presse/presse-detail/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=816&cHash=fe7b60eef44d6fdfc780a4e6d9d9b2c1 ).
 In Wallonia overlap of terrestrial IBAs with the SPA network is only 29.88%
 At the same time, Germany is a frontrunner in designating marine Natura 2000 sites in the North and Baltic Sea with 8 SCIs and 2 SPAs, covering nearly 45 % of the German EEZ.
 Much progress is also still needed on marine Natura 2000 designation
 However, the UK marine SPA network remains substantially incomplete, and current Government plans suggest that there will be no significant progress on classification until/after 2015.