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Highlight Europe’s grasslands, woodlands, and marine areas face increased threats
Europe’s ecosystems face increasing pressure to stay healthy amid rising pollution, overexploitation, urban sprawl and the effects of climate change. These are the findings of a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today which takes stock of the condition of Europe’s ecosystems.
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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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Publication Exploring nature-based solutions — The role of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards
This report focuses on certain types of extreme events and natural hazards at European scale that will be very likely amplified by ongoing climate change, i.e. landslides, avalanches, floods and storm surges. In addition, the report also touches upon the green infrastructure and ecosystem services contributing to global climate regulation. The analysis is carried out using spatially explicit data centred on the physical capacity of ecosystems to deliver services that can mitigate natural hazard risks.
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Data Visualization D source code Conservation status of species and habitats by ecosystem type from Habitats Directive Article 17 reporting
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Publication State of Europe's seas
The main aim of this report is to assess whether Europe's seas can be considered healthy, clean and undisturbed, and productive. These are three core aspects of the EU's main marine policy instrument — the Marine Strategy Framework Directive — and relate to the condition of marine ecosystems and the human drivers of ecosystem change. This assessment also involves identifying the main sustainability challenges affecting our seas, and how the EU is responding to these challenges. Ultimately, the report argues that EU is not on the path to fulfil its ambition of achieving sustainable use of its seas; although it is fully empowered to do so through the current array of policies and knowledge. This report also discusses how a long-term transition to sustainability could then be secured using the available policies and knowledge.
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Publication chemical/x-pdb European ecosystem assessment — concept, data, and implementation
Contribution to Target 2 Action 5 Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020
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Briefing Natural capital and ecosystem services
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 European briefings
Briefing Increasing environmental pollution (GMT 10)
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Global megatrends
Briefing Biodiversity — protected areas
Located in SOER 2015 — The European environment — state and outlook 2015 Cross-country comparisons
Figure Marine Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) in the European Union, December 2009
The map was temporarily removed from public download until sea regions have been approved.
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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