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SOER Message (Deprecated) Material resources and waste — key message 4
The management of waste has improved, with many countries recycling and recovering more, but more efforts are needed if the EU is to become a 'recycling society'. Implementation of existing legislation remains crucial, especially on the illegal shipments of waste, illegal or sub-standard landfilling, and packaging and electric and electronic equipment waste management.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Material resources and waste — key message 5
The environmental pressures of Europe's consumption and production patterns, potentially resulting in damage to ecosystems and human health impacts, spread far beyond its borders. Most outlooks predict continued growth in the use of material resources both in the EU and globally, with key waste streams increasing as well.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Material resources and waste — key message 6
Policy has only recently begun to address the challenges of the growing use of resources. Most actions taken to date do not comprehensively address the upstream causes of growth, focusing instead on the downstream consequences. As yet, there are no broadly accepted and robust methods for measuring the impacts of resource use, and few concrete targets or indicators exist. Policies aimed at the prevention of waste remain weak.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Material resources and waste — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 1
Many European river basins and waters have been altered by such human activities as water abstraction, land drainage, and dams. These often lead to major adverse ecological effects and leave limited space for natural habitats. Because of these problems and poor water quality the aim of the Water Framework Directive to achieve good status by 2015 may not be met.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 2
Water scarcity and droughts have severe consequences for many economic sectors. Over-abstraction is causing low river flows, lowered groundwater levels and the drying-up of wetlands, with detrimental impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Climate change is projected to increase water shortages, particularly in the Mediterranean region.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 3
Over the past ten years Europe has suffered more than 175 major floods, causing deaths, the displacement of people and large economic losses. Climate change is projected to increase the intensity and frequency of floods.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 4
In the past, European water management has focused on increasing supply through deep wells, dams and reservoirs, desalination and large-scale water–transfer infrastructures. Future water management will benefit from applying an ecosystems perspective, using floodplains and groundwater aquifers for storing water, making room for rivers, and minimising the environmental impacts of water engineering projects.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 5
Europe cannot endlessly increase its water supply, we must reduce demand. Policies are needed to encourage demand management. Demand measures could include the use of economic instruments; water loss controls; water-reuse and recycling; increased efficiency of domestic, agricultural and industrial water use; and water-saving campaigns supported by public education programmes.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Water resources: quantity and flows — key message 6
Good water resource management is required to meet the needs of a resource efficient future, sustain human and economic development and maintain the essential functions of our water ecosystems. The solutions lie in more integrated and sustainable water management, integration of water aspects in sector policies (for example, the Common Agricultural Policy), improved accounting for water efficiency and the full implementation of the Water Framework Directive and other water policies.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Water resources: quantity and flows - SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
SOER Message (Deprecated) Freshwater quality — key message 1
Europe’s freshwaters contain a number of pollutants including nutrients, metals, pesticides, pathogenic micro-organisms, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals. These can have adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems, degrading habitats and resulting in the loss of freshwater flora and fauna. Poor water quality can also raise concern for human health.
Located in The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Freshwater quality — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
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