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#FridayFact: 1/5 of EU territory is under protection... to the delight of nature and ourselves!

Hiking through a dense forest with leaves rustling in the wind; paddling across a crystal clear lake with bright pebbles underneath; or reaching up for a gap in the rocks while climbing, tense with the fear of losing grip - these are all moments that may not exist without protected natural areas.

Extending across the 28 European Union countries, Natura 2000 is the most widespread group of protected areas in the world[i]. These spaces are spread across 27 000 sites and cover nearly 1/5 of the Union’s terrestrial area and 4 per cent of its marine waters.

Not only do these protected areas increase the abundance of biodiversity across Europe, they also support a range of ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, pollination, flood control and increased tourism and recreation[ii] [iii] [iv].

This year marks the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IY2017), with some of its key areas focusing on resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change. The official opening will be on 18 January 2017 in Madrid, corresponding with the Spanish Tourism Fair[v].

We hope to see protected areas and sustainable tourism continue to grow and flourish throughout 2017!

Natura 2000 is just one of the environmental projects highlighted by the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region. If this interests you, find out more on p.88.

Share our #FridayFact to family, friends and colleagues to spread the word about 2017 being the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development - #IY2017.

Boost your knowledge on topical environmental issues and how they affect our daily lives!

Every week, UN Environment in Europe brings you a #FridayFact from the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region.

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[i] Protected areas in Europe: An overview. European Environment Agency

[ii] Costs and socio-economic benefits associated with the Natura 2000 network. Institute for European Environmental Policy, Brussels

[iii] Flash Eurobarometer 379: Attitudes towards biodiversity. European Commission, Brussels

[iv] The state of nature in the EU - Natura 2000 barometer. Nature and Biodiversity Newsletter. European Commission

[v] International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

 

 


#FridayFact: Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Check if your home ‘breathes’!

apartment, bookcase, chair

Did you know that indoor air pollution is a major concern for the pan-European region?  Depending where in the region you live, people can spend over 85 per cent of their time indoors, this is important because around 100 000 premature deaths were attributable to household air pollution in the pan-European region in 2012[1].

Normal household items - such as wood stoves, printers, paint, cleaning products, pet hair and carpets - can surprisingly have large impacts on your health.

This can change. Having houseplants[2], improving the ventilation in your house, installing air filtration devices and buying environmentally friendly paints and cleaning products are a number of simple steps that you can take to improve air quality in your home.

Indoor air pollution is just one of the health threats highlighted by the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region. If this interests you, find out more on p.73 and 74.

Share our #FridayFact to family, friends and colleagues to spread the word about indoor air pollution and health.

 

Boost your knowledge on topical environmental issues and how they affect our daily lives!

Every week, UN Environment in Europe brings you a #FridayFact from the sixth Global Environment Outlook report for the pan-European region.

Follow us on twitter and Facebook to discover our weekly fact every Friday - @UNEPinEurope.




[1] http://www.who.int/phe/health_topics/outdoorair/databases/FINAL_HAP_AAP_BoD_24March2014.pdf

[2]https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Priscilla_Pegas/publication/232698592_Could_Houseplants_Improve_Indoor_air_Quality_in_Schools/links/00463515bf2bac02ea000000.pdf

 


Media invitation: Equipping policymakers with tools for ecosystem-based climate adaptation

UN Environment, together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is hosting a workshop on the adaptation of Central Asian Mountains to climate change in sectors such as forestry, water, energy, biodiversity and disasters to better protect vulnerable mountain populations.

 

GIZ and UN Environment are promoting a regional dialogue for translating this into action. During the workshop, a strategic guidance document will therefore be discussed defining the climate adaptation goals for mountains in Central Asia and the means for achieving them.

 

Preliminary findings will also be presented from a draft ‘Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the Central Asian Mountains’ produced by UN Environment, GRID-Arendal and the Regional Mountain Centre for Central Asia. This Outlook assessed the current situation of climate change and adaptation in Central Asian Mountain regions. It also analysed the policy framework that designed for current and future climate change impacts on various sectors and translated it into a set of recommendations for adaptation to climate change.

When? 19-21 December 2016, 14:00 (registration from 13h)

Where? Almaty, Kazakhstan. 2nd floor, Alatau conference room Grand Tien Shan Hotel

For more information please click here

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Head of Communications, Europe Office, UN Environment: isabelle.valentiny@unep.org, +41 79 251 82 36.

Head of Sub-Regional Office for Central Asia, UN Environment: natalia.alexeeva@unep.org

  



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