The EMODnet Seabed Habitats portal builds upon the outputs from a very successful INTERREG project on habitat mapping called "Development of a framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats" (MESH). The MESH project produced some of the first broad-scale habitats maps in Europe accessible through an online interactive map, habitat mapping guidelines and the MESH confidence assessment for habitat maps, amongst other MESH products.
The MESH interactive map has been subsumed into the EMODnet Seabed Habitats portal and together with the MESH web pages, they have been part of the EMODnet Seabed Habitats website for several years. The MESH project webpages and documents are now part of the UK National web archives.
The MESH Project ran between 2004 and 2008 and was made up of a consortium of twelve partners from five European countries led by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), with financial support from the EC’s INTERREG IIIB NWE Programme.