CLC changes between 1990 and 2006 (km2)
- Artificial surfaces (building development, infrastructure, etc.) increased the most between 1990 and 2006 as a proportion of total area.
- Heath and scrub habitat increased (+ 5.9 %; more than 13 000 km2) and grassland decreased (– 1.2 %; more than 4 000 km2): both changes can be linked to land abandonment.
- Wetlands decreased (– 2.7 %; more than 1 000 km2 in total) as a proportion of their total area whilst rivers and lakes increased (+ 4.4 %; more than 1 500 km2).
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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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