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Publication application/x-troff-ms Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe's ecosystems: progress and challenges
We depend on healthy and resilient ecosystems to continue to deliver services, such as food, water, clean air and stable climate, which are essential for our well-being. This report provides an overview about the current condition of ecosystems in Europe and the human pressures they are exposed to. A ecosystem map for Europe reveals that many ecosystems are highly concentrated in a small number of countries, which could increase their vulnerability to environmental change, and a substantial proportion of the most vulnerable ecosystems are not protected within Natura 2000 sites, Marine Protected Areas or equivalent zones.
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Figure Europe's seas and selected characteristics of EU marine protected area networks
The table shows the areal extent of Europe's seas and selected characteristics of EU marine protected areas (MPAs), namely area coverage, percentage of coverage and total number of sites. Data excludes the Icelandic Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea
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Figure D source code Coverage of marine protected areas in Europe's seas
The table shows the coverage of marine protected areas (MPAs) by regional sea and by distance zone from the coastline.
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Publication D source code Spatial analysis of marine protected area networks in Europe's seas
This European Environment Agency (EEA) technical report presents an overview of the 2012 spatial distribution of the networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) established in the waters of EU), excluding overseas territories.
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Figure MPAs designated under the Regional Sea Conventions
The map shows the different marine protected areas (MPA) designated under the Regional Sea Conventions
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Figure Troff document Europe's regional seas, and fast facts on EU MPA networks
The map shows the facts on the EU Marine Protected Area Networks
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Highlight Protecting marine life in Europe’s seas
Europe´s seas are under pressure. Marine protected areas (MPAs) can act as a key management measures to safeguard marine ecosystems and biodiversity so to maintain their potential to deliver key services to our societies and economies. European countries have been extending marine protected areas across Europe’s seas. More effective management of these marine protected areas and a convergent implementation of related legislation now constitute important challenges. A new report by the European Environment Agency assesses the progress made and concludes with perspectives for the future.
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Figure Marine protected area coverage by regional sea
This map shows the percentage marine protected area (MPA) coverage in Europe's regional seas. It also shows the distance to the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi target 11 of 10 % coverage. The distance from the network coverage to the coverage target is reported with respect to three different distance buffer zones: 0-1 NM, 1-12 NM and 12 NM - END of national waters (NM = nautical miles, END = outer limit of MPA assessment area).
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