Built-up area in the 0-1 km coastal strip versus the entire 10 km coastal zone (1990-2000)

Figure Created 12 Nov 2009 Published 12 Nov 2009 Last modified 29 Nov 2012
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Growth of urban artificial surfaces on the coastal zone of Europe has continued



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Projected on the basis of annual growth rate observed during 1990-2000, by 2004 the 1990 levels are exceeded by 12%. The fastest development has occurred in Portugal (34%), Ireland (27%), Spain (18%), followed by France, Italy and Greece. The most affected regional seacoast is the Western Mediterranean.

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