The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a briefing measuring the extent and condition of European ecosystems. Protecting ecosystems and biodiversity are key policy targets in both the EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030, and the European Green Deal. Both EU and national policymaking require approaches to be developed, in order to measure the extent and condition of ecosystems, with the aim of improving their management. This briefing presents the EEA’s work on ecosystem extent accounts and pilot ecosystem condition accounts in the EU INCA project.
The EEA has developed a set of ecosystem extent accounts that aim to provide good spatial insight into the distribution and trends of up to 30 ecosystem types in Europe. Pilot accounts on ecosystem condition have been produced for species trends, freshwater quality, and nutrient pressures.
Source: EEA, 26 January 2021