Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) are protected sites designated under the EC Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (92/43/EEC), also known as the Habitats Directive. Article 3 of the Habitats Directive requires the establishment of a European network of important high-quality conservation sites that will make a significant contribution to conserving the 231 habitat types and 911 species identified in Annexes I and II of the Directive (as amended). The listed habitat types and species are those considered to be most in need of conservation at the European level (excluding birds).
Of the Annex I habitat types, 61 occur in the Czech Republic. Of the Annex II species, 103 are native to, and normally resident in the Czech Republic.
There are 1 112 Sites of Community Importance in the Czech Republic.
More information about the designation process of SCI.