From the depths of oceans to the highest summits, from icy waters to baking deserts, life flourishes in every corner of our planet. We are currently witnessing a steady loss of biodiversity, with profound consequences for the natural world and for human well-being. The main causes of this loss are changes in natural habitats. But what exactly has changed, by how much and why?
The EU 2010 Biodiversity Baseline provides facts and figures on the state and trends of the different biodiversity and ecosystem components. It thereby supports the EU in developing the post-2010 sub-targets and provides factual data for measuring and monitoring progress in the EU from 2011 to 2020.
Our natural environment is a key component of our health and wealth. However, our recent assessments show that the majority of habitats and species in Europe have an unfavourable conservation status ...