Causes of loss of coastal ecosystems

Figure Created 29 Jul 2011 Published 18 Jul 2012 Last modified 29 Nov 2012
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European data


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Between 2000 and 2006:

  • 8 km2 of coastal ecosystems (dunes, salt marshes andsalines) were lost with around 65 % of the change due to coastal erosion and 16 % due to sprawl of economic sites and infrastructure such as airports;
  • 26 km2 of coastal ecosystems (intertidal flats, lagoons and estuaries) were gained through the creation and management of water bodies.
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