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  1. Ecosystems and biodiversity

    As biodiversity is coming under serious pressure, with around one in four species currently threatened with extinction, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious EU Biodiversity Strategy to halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in th ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Agricultural biodiversity

    Agricultural land covers almost half of Europe’s territory. Technological development, mechanisation, agro-chemicals and genetic research have led to structural modifications in farming practices and put pressure on the environment, leading to soil deplet ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Sustainable management of natural resources in ACP countries

    According to the United Nations, at least 17% of the Earth’s surface waters and 10% of coastal and marine areas should be protected. The current 13 000 protected areas are insufficient to ensure the survival of the Earth’s biodiversity. EU development pol ...

    30 April 2014

  4. Water biodiversity

    Freshwater ecosystems are among the most degraded and threatened ecosystems at the global scale. Given the likelihood that demand for available water resources in Europe and worldwide will increase in the future, water ecosystem services need to be protec ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Life beneath our feet: knowing our soil

    Examples of JRC research making the life of Europe's citizens safer and more secure in the area of soil. (2009) 2009 Leaflets Environment and climate change soil, biodiversity IES Life beneath our feet: knowing our soil [255 KB] Life beneath our feet ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Mass-Movement Causes: Overloading--

    Overloading or the excessive addition of a surcharge load or external load on a hillslope section is one of the external factors influencing slope stability. Although overloading occurs under natural conditions such as vegetation growth, persistent precip ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Why do Phytoplankton Species Composition and Traditional Water Quality Parameters Indicate Different Ecological Status of a Large Shallow Lake?

    Long-term data on phytoplankton species composition in large and shallow Lake V?rtsjarv indicated a sharp deterioration of the ecological status at the end of the 1970s. The more traditional water quality indicators, such as the concentrations of total nu ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Artificializzazione del Territorio: Alcuni Dati a Livello Europeo

    Il suolo e? una risorsa multifunzionale, limitata, non rinnovabile. E questi concetti sono stati chiaramente espressi nell?ambito della Strategia Tematica per la Protezione del Suolo dell?Unione Europea. Numerosi sono i servizi ecosistemici forniti dal su ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Workshop Report: River Basin-Specific Pollutants- Identification and Monitoring

    Besides the set of Priority Substances laid down in Annex X of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD), which are regulated and to be monitored at EU level, the EU Member States (MS) need to identify pollutants of regional or local importance (in p ...

    30 April 2014

  10. Sustainability, certification, and regulation of biochar

    Biochar can be produced with a wide variety of physico-chemical characteristics, depending on feedstock and operational conditions. Much progress has been achieved, and substantial research is still ongoing, on the way such factors determine the propertie ...

    30 April 2014

  11. Between land and sea: Livelihoods and environmental changes in mangrove ecosystems of Senegal

    Unlike the global trend, the area of mangrove forest increased in the estuaries of Low Casamance and Sine-Saloum, Senegal between 1986 and 2006. We collected multi-source data (social and spatial) and applied a mix of qualitative and quantitative analytic ...

    30 April 2014

  12. Tropical Forest Mapping at Regional Scale using the GRFM SAR Mosaics over Amazon in South America

    Main focus of the work described in this thesis is on the estimation of tropical vegetation cover using as data source continental scale Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mosaics at 100 m spatial resolution. These radar mosaics were acquired over the South A ...

    30 April 2014

  13. UNEP-SETAC guideline on global land use impact assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services in LCA

    Purpose: As a consequence of the multi-functionality of land, the impact assessment of land use in Life Cycle Impact Assessment requires the modelling of several impact pathways covering biodiversity and ecosystem services. To provide consistency amongst ...

    30 April 2014

  14. The Forests of the Congo Basin- State of the Forests 2008

    The principal objective of the SOF report remains to detail the status of dense moist forest in Central Africa. Its focus comprises the six Central African countries containing this type of forest: Gabon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, E ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Preventing biotic homogenization of farmland bird communities: The role of High Nature Value farmland

    Aim: There is now increasing evidence that agriculture intensification acts as a major driving force of the observed decline in farmland biodiversity. However, whether agricultural intensification is affecting all types of farmland equally and/or which fa ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Assessing Soil Processes and Function across an International Network of Critical Zone Observatories: Research Hypotheses and Experimental Design

    European Union policy on soil threats and soil protection has prioritised new research to address global soil threats. This research draws on the methodology of Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) to focus a critical mass of international, multi-disciplina ...

    30 April 2014

  17. Uncertainty propagation in chained web based modelling services: the case of eHabitat

    eHabitat is a Web Processing Service (WPS) designed to compute the likelihood of finding ecosystems with similar conditions. Starting from a reference area, typically a protected area, one can compute for each pixel of a region of interest the probability ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Spatial prediction of soil organic carbon using digital soil mapping techniques in Slovakia

    High-resolution and continuous soil maps are an essential prerequisite for precision agriculture and many environmental studies. Conventional, sample-based soil mapping is costly and time consuming, and the data collected are available only for discrete p ...

    30 April 2014

  19. Assessing Organic Carbon Distribution in the Koiliaris Critical Zone Catchment (Greece) by Using Geostatistical Techniques

    Organic carbon amount of the soil is one of the most important geochemical parameters for defining soil characterization. It affects directly to the soil functions (biomass production, C sequestration, biodiversity, etc.) and problems about it may finaliz ...

    30 April 2014

  20. Evaluation of the effects of the multi-annual plan on the stock

    The plans objectives are defined in terms of fishing mortality reductions. In the case that there is an accepted assessment (North Sea cod), it is evaluated if the fishing mortality has reduced as intended since the implementation of the plan. Exploitatio ...

    30 April 2014

  21. Estimating the aquatic emissions and fate of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) into the river Rhine

    The sources, distribution, levels and sinks of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) estimated to be released from areas of high population density, have been explored using the river Rhine as a case study. A comparison between modelled and measured data is pr ...

    30 April 2014

  22. Assessment of goods and services, vulnerability, and conservation status of European seabed biotopes: a stepping stone towards ecosystem-based marine spatial management

    The goal of ecosystem-based marine spatial management is to maintain marine ecosystems in a healthy, productive and resilient condition; hence, they can sustainably provide the needed goods and services for human welfare. However, the increasing pressures ...

    30 April 2014

  23. Potential feeding and spawning habitats of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea

    Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (ABFT) is a fish of high market value which has recently become strongly overexploited, notably in the Mediterranean Sea. This area is an essential habitat for ABFT reproduction and growth. We present here an approach ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Securing water as a resource for society: an ecosystem services perspective

    Freshwater ecosystems are crucially important providers of ecosystem services as they provide clean water for multiple uses including water for drinking, irrigation or recreation. This study presents a spatially explicit assessment of the benefits of wate ...

    30 April 2014

  25. Using Optical Properties of Marine Waters as the Baseline for an Ecosystem Approach to Maritime Spatial Planning

    The EU Integrated Maritime Policy draws on Maritime Spatial Planning to reconcile protection and exploitation of natural resources. The ecosystem approach invoked by these policies requires that eco-regions and region-specific processes be identified firs ...

    30 April 2014