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The number of organisations registered under the EMAS standard rose by 50% during the period 2003-2010, while organisations from EU countries certified according to the international ISO 14001 standard more than quadrupled in the period 2001-2009. This indicates that private companies and public institutions in the EU are increasingly engaging in environmental management.
One of the most
important objectives of the EU policy is to decouple waste generation from
economic growth. Data shows that Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation in the
EU-27 has been stabilising after around 520 kg/capita since 2000, despite the
continuous economic growth until 2008. The effect of the recent economic crisis
can be a reason of the further reductions in 2008-2009.
Butterfly and bird species occurring in different habitat types across Europe show population declines of between -2% and -37% since the early 1970s. Similar trends can be observed in the land-cover change for related habitats between 1990 and 2000, especially for heaths and scrubs as well as mires, bogs and fens, which are specific wetland habitats.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union.