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Key sustainability issues and the spatial classification of sensitive regions in Europe

  • Oliver Dilly
  • Marguerite Camilleri
  • Carola Dörrie
  • Saviour Formosa
  • Gabrielle Galea
  • Dionys Hallenbarter
  • Hubert Hasenauer
  • Zuzana Imrichová
  • Renata Korzeniowska-Pucułek
  • Monika Kowalik
  • Piotr Koza
  • Norbert Kräuchi
  • Ain Kull
  • Artur Łopatka
  • Ülo Mander
  • Stefano Moncada
  • Tonu Oja
  • Rafal Pudełko
  • Friedrich Putzhuber
  • Christian Rogaß
  • Bernd Uwe Schneider
  • Gregorz Siebielec
  • Tomasz Stuczyński
  • Reinhard F. Hüttl

Abstract

Cross-cutting environmental, social and economic changes may have harsh impacts on sensitive regions. To address sustainability issues by governmental policy measures properly, the geographical delineation of sensitive regions is essential. With reference to the European impact assessment guidelines from 2005, sensitive regions were identified by using environmental, social and economic data and by applying cluster analysis, United Nation Environmental Policy priorities and expert knowledge. On a regionalised ‘Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics’ (NUTS) level and for pre-defined sensitive region types (post-industrial zones, mountains, coasts and islands) 31 % of the European area was identified as sensitive. However, the delineation mainly referred to social and economic issues since the regional data bases on environmental indicators are limited and do not allow the separation of medium-term vital classes of sensitive regions. Overall, the sensitive regions showed indicator values differing from the EU- 25 average.

Keywords

Coasts European policy impact assessment islands mountains postindustrial zone sensitive regions sustainability impact assessment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Dilly
    • 1
  • Marguerite Camilleri
    • 7
  • Carola Dörrie
    • 1
  • Saviour Formosa
    • 7
  • Gabrielle Galea
    • 7
  • Dionys Hallenbarter
    • 3
  • Hubert Hasenauer
    • 5
  • Zuzana Imrichová
    • 4
  • Renata Korzeniowska-Pucułek
    • 2
  • Monika Kowalik
    • 2
  • Piotr Koza
    • 2
  • Norbert Kräuchi
    • 3
  • Ain Kull
    • 6
  • Artur Łopatka
    • 2
  • Ülo Mander
    • 6
  • Stefano Moncada
    • 7
  • Tonu Oja
    • 6
  • Rafal Pudełko
    • 2
  • Friedrich Putzhuber
    • 5
  • Christian Rogaß
    • 1
  • Bernd Uwe Schneider
    • 1
  • Gregorz Siebielec
    • 2
  • Tomasz Stuczyński
    • 2
  • Reinhard F. Hüttl
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Soil Protection and RecultivationBrandenburg University of TechnologyCottbusGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Soil Science and Plant CultivationPulawyPoland
  3. 3.Swiss Federal Research Institute for ForestSnow and Landscape ResearchBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  4. 4.Institute of Landscape EcologySlovak Academy of SciencesSlovakia
  5. 5.University of Natural Resources and Applied Live Sciences ViennaAustria
  6. 6.Institute of GeographyUniversity of TartuEstonia
  7. 7.Malta Environment and Planning AuthorityMalta

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