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SOER Message application/vnd.symbian.install Key message 3 — SOER synthesis
Nature and biodiversity — Europe has established an extensive network of protected areas and programmes to reverse the loss of endangered species. However, widespread alteration of landscapes, degradation of ecosystems and loss of natural capital mean that the EU will not meet its target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. To improve the situation we must prioritise biodiversity and ecosystems in policymaking at all scales, particularly addressing agriculture, fisheries, regional development, cohesion and spatial planning.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 The European environment – state and outlook 2010: Synthesis Key messages
Publication Biodiversity — SOER 2010 thematic assessment
Biodiversity — the variety of ecosystems, species and genes — is essential to human wellbeing, delivering services that sustain our economies and societies. Its huge importance makes biodiversity loss all the more troubling. European species are threatened with extinction and overexploitation. Natural habitats continue to be lost and fragmented, and degraded by pollution and climate change. Despite actions taken and progress made, these threats continue to impact biodiversity in Europe. The new global and EU targets to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2020 are ambitious but achieving them will require better policy implementation, coordination across sectors, ecosystem management approaches and a wider understanding of biodiversity's value.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Thematic assessments
SOER Key fact Biodiversity - key fact 2
Protected areas, including Natura 2000 sites in EU Member States, now account for 22 % of the terrestrial area of EEA member countries.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Biodiversity — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key facts
Figure D source code Quietness Suitability Index (QSI) and Natura 2000
The map shows the index of suitable quiet areas across Europe combined with the Natura2000 protected areas
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Figure Percentage of Natura 2000 site area not protected under national instruments per EU Member State
Percentage of Natura 2000 site area not protected under national instruments per EU Member State
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Publication Europe's ecological backbone: recognising the true value of our mountains
Europe's mountain areas have social, economic and environmental capital of significance for the entire continent. This importance has been recognised since the late 19th century through national legislation; since the 1970s through regional structures for cooperation; and since the 1990s through regional legal instruments for the Alps and Carpathians. The European Union (EU) first recognised the specific characteristics of mountain areas in 1975 through the designation of Less Favoured Areas (LFAs). During the last decade, EU cohesion policy and the Treaty of Lisbon have both focused specifically on mountains.
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Highlight EEA reviews new findings from 2012, the Year of Water
Europe needs to work harder to protect its water resources from increasing pressures. This was one of the messages that emerged during 2012, ‘European Year of Water’. The European Environment Agency (EEA) also presented important findings in many other areas, including air, climate, biodiversity and chemicals.
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Publication Troff document Progress towards the European 2010 biodiversity target
This report presents a first indicator-based assessment of Europe's progress towards its target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. The Streamlining European 2010 Biodiversity Indicators (SEBI 2010) process was set up to streamline national, regional and global indicators and, crucially, to develop a simple and workable set of indicators to measure progress and help reach the 2010 target.
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Daviz Visualization Complementarity between European designations (Natura 2000 and Emerald networks) and national designations by share of terrestrial area
Located in Data and maps Data visualisations
Figure Nationally designated areas (CDDA), status 2009 - site centre points
The map is intended to show the distribution of point locations reported for nationally designated areas
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
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