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Service Description: Primary forests are scarce in Europe and continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Despite these losses, we know little about where such forests still occur. Here, we present an updated geodatabase and map of Europe's known primary forests. Our geodatabase harmonizes 51 different datasets of primary forests, and contains 16,897 individual patches (41.2 Mha) spread across 35 countries. When available, we provide information on each patch (name, location, naturalness, extent and dominant tree species) and the surrounding landscape (biogeographical regions, protection status, potential natural vegetation, current forest extent). To assess the robustness of our geodatabase, we checked each patch for forest disturbance events using Landsat satellite-image time series (1985-2018). We estimate that 94% of the patches in our database did not experience significant disturbances that would alter their primary forest status in the last 30 year. Our database is the most comprehensive dataset on primary forests in Europe, and will be useful for biogeographic and ecological studies, and conservation planning to safeguard these unique forests. This GeoDatabase extends and updates the work previously published in Sabatini et al. 2018 ( It includes and harmonizes a set of relevant resources to map primary forests in Europe. It was aggregated by Francesco Maria Sabatini and Hendrik Bluhm on behalf of the Frankfurter Zoological Society (FZS - contact Zoltan Kun).

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Copyright Text: This project was funded by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS; project ETN-WIE-FZS-001) and the European Commission (Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship to FMS, project FORESTS & CO, #658876).

Spatial Reference: 4326  (4326)

Single Fused Map Cache: false

Initial Extent: Full Extent: Units: esriDecimalDegrees


Document Info: Supports Dynamic Layers: true

MaxRecordCount: 1000

MaxImageHeight: 4096

MaxImageWidth: 4096

Supported Query Formats: JSON, geoJSON

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Max Scale: 0

Supports Datum Transformation: true

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Supported Operations:   Export Map   Identify   QueryLegends   QueryDomains   Find   Return Updates