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Publication Priority issues in the Mediterranean environment (revised version)
Following the principles of the European Thematic Strategy on the Protection and Conservation of the Marine Environment, the collective interest of EEA and UNEP/MAP has been developed towards a product focusing on priority pollution zones in the Mediterranean Sea and addressing emerging issues. All these issues come under the prism of an ecosystem approach. The core of this report derives from the latest (2003–2004) country National Diagnostic Analyses reports (NDA).
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Indicator Assessment Progress in management of contaminated sites (CSI 015/LSI 003) - Assessment published Aug 2007
Soil contamination requiring clean up is present at approximately 250000 sites in the EEA member countries, according to recent estimates. And this number is expected to grow. Potentially polluting activities are estimated to have occurred at nearly 3 million sites (including the 250000 sites already mentioned) and investigation is needed to establish whether remediation is required. If current investigation trends continue, the number of sites needing remediation will increase by 50% by 2025. By contrast, more than 80000 sites have been cleaned up in the last 30 years in the countries where data on remediation is available. Although the range of polluting activities (and their relative importance as localised sources of soil contamination) may vary considerably across Europe, industrial and commercial activities as well as the treatment and disposal of waste are reported to be the most important sources. National reports indicate that heavy metals and mineral oil are the most frequent soil contaminants at investigated sites, while mineral oil and chlorinated hydrocarbons are the most frequent contaminants found in groundwater. A considerable share of remediation expenditure, about 35% on average, comes from public budgets. Although considerable efforts have been made already, it will take decades to clean up a legacy of contamination.
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Figure Proportion of classified groundwater bodies in different River Basin Districts in poor chemical status
The figure shows percentage of the total area of classified water bodies. See the indicator specification for more details
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Figure Regions affected by high nitrate concentration in the groundwater
Note: Map based on maps provided by National Focal Points.
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Figure Relevant pressures for GWBs
Relative number of GWB where a pressure is significant (all classified GWBs and GWBs in poor quantitative status)
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Figure Salt water intrusions into groundwater in Europe (1999)
Saltwater intrusion as a result of groundwater over-exploitation is a major concern in many aquifers throughout Europe
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Figure Surface and groundwater abstraction as a share of available resources
The figure shows the surface and groundwater abstraction as a share of available resources
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Figure The WEI at river basin and sub-catchment scale within the RBD eastern Sterea Ellada (GR07) (Greece)
WEI total (left), for surface water (middle) and groundwater resources (right) at river basin (top) and sub-catchment scale (bottom) within the Greek RBD eastern Sterea Ellada (GR07).
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Figure D source code The WEI for the RBD eastern Sterea Ellada (GR07) (Greece)
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Figure Total number of measurements on the status and quality of Europe's rivers, lakes and groundwater bodies as reported by countries to the EEA over the period 1965–2008
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