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13.12.2010

EEA released 4th SOER 2010

SOER 2010 confirms that well-designed environmental policies continue to improve Europe's environment without undermining Europe's growth potential.

On 30 November the European Environment Agency released its fourth Environment State and Outlook report – SOER 2010. The report verifies the increasing global demand on natural resources, which is exerting increased pressure to ecosystems, economies and social cohesion in Europe. Moreover it concludes that a fully integrated approach to transforming Europe to a resource efficient green economy can not only result in a healthy environment, but also boost prosperity and social cohesion.
SOER 2010 also highlights a greater understanding of the links between climate change, biodiversity, resource use and people’s health and how tools like spatial planning, ecological tax reform, pollution prevention, precaution and resource accounting can underpin a natural capital-based approach to their management. A complete shift to a resource-efficient green economy requires that all environmental resources, biodiversity, land, carbon, rivers, the seas and the air we breathe, are fully considered in production, consumption and global trade decisions.
However, SOER 2010 confirms that well-designed environmental policies continue to improve Europe's environment without undermining Europe's growth potential.
Find more information here:
www.eea.europa.eu/pressroom/newsreleases/butterflies-or-business-europe-can