Last modified 31 Jul 2015, 11:39 AM
Ecosystem services still degrading
Most of the ecosystem services in Europe are judged to be ‘degraded' — no longer able to deliver the optimal quality and quantity of basic services such as crop pollination, clean air and water, and control of floods or erosion (RUBICODE project 2006–2009; marine ecosystems not included).
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 ...