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Press Release The squeeze on Europe's coastline continues
Europe's coastal regions are increasingly vital for its economy, yet their natural assets on which it depends continue to degrade. This is according to a new report from the European Environment Agency, which calls for better information, planning and management decisions to balance multiple demands on the coastal environment.
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Data Table Contextual information to help appropriate use of the Art. 17 descriptive database and the GIS datasets
Located in Data and maps Datasets Conservation status of habitat types and species (Article 17, Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC)
Figure Average concentrations of nutrients in European groundwaters and surface waters (1992-2011) Fig. 1a: Nitrate in groundwater; Fig. 1b Nitrate in rivers; Fig. 1c Orthophosphate in rivers; and Fig. 1d: Total phosphorus in lakes
The data series are calculated as the average of annual mean concentrations for groundwater bodies/river stations/lake stations in Europe. Only complete series after inter/extrapolation are included (see indicator specification).
Located in Data and maps Maps and graphs
Indicator Assessment Nutrients in freshwater (CSI 020) - Assessment DRAFT created Sep 2013
Average nitrate concentrations in European groundwaters increased from 1992 to 1998, but have declined again since 2005. On average, the nitrate concentration in European rivers declined by 0.5 mg N/l over the period 1992 to 2011 (20% relative to the average concentration), reflecting the effect of measures to reduce agricultural inputs of nitrate as well as improvement in wastewater treatment. Average orthophosphate concentrations in European rivers have decreased markedly over the last two decades- On average concentrations declined by 0.08 mg P/l between 1992 and 2011 (72% decrease relative to the average concentration). Also average lake phosphorus concentration decreased over the period 1992-2011 (on average by 0.008 mg P/l, or 27% relative to the average concentration). The decrease in phosphorus concentrations reflects both improvement in wastewater treatment and reduction in phosphorus in detergents. Overall, reductions in the levels of freshwater nutrients over the last two decades primarily reflect improvements in wastewater treatment. Emissions from agriculture continue to be a significant source.
Located in Data and maps Indicators Nutrients in freshwater
European projects
Biodiversity monitoring schemes that use citizen science are common in Europe and increasing in number. There are many different monitoring schemes in place in European countries involving individual or networks of volunteers in contribution to biodiversity observation schemes.
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity Biodiversity monitoring through citizen science
Why is it useful?
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity Biodiversity monitoring through citizen science
How is it being used by the EEA?
The EEA aims to deliver timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policymakers and the public to provide a sound decision basis for environmental policies.
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity Biodiversity monitoring through citizen science
What is it?
The concept of citizen science is interpreted and applied differently depending on people, organizations, authorities, and countries. Here we use the following definition: ’Organized research in which members of the public—who may or may not be trained in science - gather or analyse data’ (Bonney & Dickinson, 2012)
Located in Environmental topics Biodiversity Biodiversity monitoring through citizen science
Data application/vnd.symbian.install EEA coastline for analysis
The EEA coastline for analysis is created for highly detailed analysis, e.g. 1:100 000, for geographical Europe. The criteria for defining the coastline is the line separating water from land. The EEA coastline is a product derived from two sources: EU-Hydro and GSHHG.
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Highlight Our Natural Europe: conservation stories show importance of local action
When fishermen in the Koster Sea in Southern Sweden understood the value of the ecosystems beneath the waves, they voluntarily agreed to change fishing practices. The area became Sweden’s first marine national park in 2006.
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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