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Definition: Protected areas, military areas

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Protected areas, like national parks, nature reserves and similar, should not be treated separately but be classified as land area, inland water, sea, or uninhabitable area according to the nature of these areas. The same recommendations apply to military areas, like artillery ranges or drill grounds.
Eurostat, "Empfehlungen zur Festlegung eines einheitlichen Verfahrens für die Berechnung der Fläche von Gebietseinheiten - Ausgabe 1999; Recommendations for a harmonised definition of calculation of surface area of territorial units, 1999 edition; Recommandations pour une définition harmonisée du calcul de la superficie des unités territoriales - Édition 1999", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1999, p.17