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N. 10 - 6 giu 2012
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Socio-economico

Towards Rio‘s meeting  

Green economy is set to be one of the two main themes at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, in June this year. This expression includes environmental, economic and social policies and innovations enable society to use resources efficiently, while maintaining the natural systems that sustain us.

"The focus on green economy in Rio reflects the issue's importance as a key environmental priority, and is particularly timely, given that it can provide a path to renewed economic growth and job creation in response to the current severe economic crises facing Europe", says Jacqueline McGlade, Eea Executive Director.

The 'Environmental indicator report 2012' presents established indicators that illustrate progress towards improving resource efficiency, and indicators that depict the risk of passing environmental thresholds. Jointly, they enable policymakers and the public to reflect on where Europe stands vis-à-vis some aspects of a green economy.

Several of the indicators presented in this report show encouraging trends, while others point to issues that require urgent attention. European environmental policies have helped Europe use resources more efficiently. However, policies aimed at making ecosystems more resilient have been less successful. Both are central to Europe achieving a green economy and becoming sustainable, according to the report.

The report emphasises that improving resource efficiency remains necessary, but stresses that this in itself may not be sufficient to ensure a resilient, sustainable natural environment. In some cases, reduced ecosystem resilience may even be irreversible, for example biodiversity loss leading to species extinction, or when environmental or climate tipping points are passed.

Following these findings, the report also considers the merits of designing policy objectives and targets that more explicitly address the links between resource efficiency, ecosystem resilience and human well-being to support the transition to a green economy.

 

Per saperne di più: - www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/do-we-live-in-a