The role of healthy wetlands in fighting climate change

The new report developed by the ETC-UMA (University of Malaga), as partner of the European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil Systems (ETC/ULS) has shed light on the role of healthy wetland habitats in the carbon cycle and the ways European instruments report and consider them. Entitled “Carbon pools and sequestration potential of wetlands in the European Union”, this …

A Mediterranean snapshot on what we have and how to protect it

The report on the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean (SoED) published in November 2020 warns that the Mediterranean basin is facing escalating environmental and developmental challenges: warming 20% faster than other regions, with 78% of fishing stocks subject to overfishing and some 730 estimated tones of plastic waste pollution per day, the call for urgent transformative actions is …

Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services: An EU ecosystem assessment

This report presents an ecosystem assessment covering the total land area of the EU as well as the EU marine regions. The assessment is carried out by Joint Research Centre, European Environment Agency, DG Environment, and the European Topic Centres on Biological Diversity and on Urban, Land and Soil Systems. This report constitutes a knowledge base which can support the …

Towards 2020: How Mediterranean countries are performing to protect their sea

Ongoing unsustainable fishing, tourism, plastic and chemical pollution, and a rapid coastal development are causing a dramatic decline and loss of marine species and the destruction of fragile habitats in the Mediterranean. The increasing effects of climate change and future trends in development at sea are added threats to the ecological and economic resilience of the whole region. As a response, Mediterranean countries signed the CBD Aichi Target 11 committing to protect at least 10% of their waters with the creation of effective Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Protecting Our Ocean: Europe’s challenges to meet the 2020 deadlines

WWF & Sky Ocean Rescue present European and Member State decision makers with an assessment of the EU’s progress to effectively protect at least 10% of its marine and coastal areas by 2020, in accordance with its commitments to the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi target 11 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14.

ETC-UMA contribution to the SOER 2020: How is our landscape mosaic doing?

Featuring the contribution of ETC-UMA as part of ETC-ULS, the European Environment Agency has published today ‘The European environment — state and outlook 2020’ report #SOER2020. Overall environmental trends in Europe have not improved since the last EEA state of the environment report in 2015. The assessment notes that while most of the 2020 targets will not be achieved, especially …