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Environmental indicators in Slovenia


Environmental indicators are based on graphs, maps and assessments and as such present environmental trends in Slovenia. The indicators represent one of the four pillars of our environmental reporting, and are prepared in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act. The Environmental Indicators in Slovenia website enables users to browse among 180 indicators. They are based on numerical data and they indicate the state, characteristics and trends of environmental development in Slovenia. They are prepared using a systematic approach based on data and monitoring, as shown in the information pyramid.

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Neutral

Due to high levels of lead in the environment, area of Upper Meža Valley was proclaimed as a brownfield site in 2007 and received special remediation with the aim to protect human health, especially children. The data show that the burden of children with lead improved in the first years of the program, which was not the case after 2010. Prevalence study of blood lead burden of children from Meža Valley conducted in 2018 showed higher values of blood lead, than study conducted in 2013.

Good

Areas, prepared for irrigation, have increased from 4,554 ha to 6,673 ha in the period 2000–2019, and their share in total utilised agricultural area from 0.9 % to 1,4 %. The water consumption per hectare of irrigated land, which strongly depends on weather conditions in each year, has decreased since 2001. In the year 2019 was used 1,030 m3 of water per hectare of irrigated land, which is 27% less than the long-term average and more than three times less than in the year 2001, when 3,199 m3/ha was used.

Neutral

Slovenian groundwater bodies most polluted with nitrates are those with intergranular (alluvium) aquifers, particularly in north-eastern Slovenia. Groundwater in karst and fractured aquifers is less burdened with nitrates due to geographical conditions, low population density and less agricultural land. In the period 1998–2019, the average annual levels of nitrates in water bodies in the Sava valley, Ljubljansko barje, Savinja, Drava and Mura basins show a statistically significant downward trend. In other water bodies, nitrate levels are not statistically significant.

Good

Inland bathing water quality in Slovenia is good and comparable with bathing water quality in other European countries.

Good

The quality of bathing water along the Slovenian coast is excellent, which ranks Slovenia at the top among the EU countries.

Neutral

In Slovenia, most of the consumed food (more than 70 %) is imported, only about a third is of Slovenian origin; before 2004, 40 % of the consumed food was imported. After Slovenia joined the EU, the import and export of food has increased significantly. Exports increased mainly at the expense of unprocessed agricultural products, while imports increased at the expense of processed products. More than half of the imported food (60 %) is imported from neighbouring countries (Austria, Croatia, Italy and Hungary), mainly cereals, fruit, vegetables and sugar.


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