Change of total agricultural land in the 10 km coastal zone (1990-2000)
Expressed as percentage of country total area this process is most pronounced in Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and Italy. In most cases arable lands are lost to urban development, especially if driven by higher land prices in areas adjacent to settlements.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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