In recent years, the topic of ecosystem services has become more widespread in conservation andenvironmental protection at the global and European levels. In particular, this concept gained significance following adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity for the period 2010–2020 (CDB, 2010), and later became one of the key themes of the EU Biodiversity Strategyto 2020 (EC, 2011).
Celebrating the World Environment Day we have been, by tradition, presenting the state of the environment for eleven consecutive years. Your interest in this brochure, small in terms of format but highly informative in terms of its contents, has prompted us to work continuously on its improvement. From the first edition until this day 10 new thematic areas have been introduced so this year’s publication provides data for 19 thematic areas.
World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. WED is celebrated around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, essay and poster competitions in schools, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more.
Using biomass for energy is an important part of the renewable energy mix. However, bioenergy production should follow EU resource efficiency principles, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). This means extracting more energy from the same material input, and avoiding negative environmental effects potentially caused by bioenergy production.