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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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Population trends of selected bird species show that the state of the environment in the cultural landscape is deteriorating, especially in some parts such as Prekmurje and Ljubljansko barje. Populations of selected forest bird species are in moderate decline, while wetland conditions have not changed in the last few years. Bird populations that overwinter on Slovenian rivers and other water bodies are stable or growing. Minor fluctuations are part of natural population changes.

Neutral

Most Slovenian forests are still undergoing natural regeneration, which guarantees the stability of future forest stands and adaptation to the changing site conditions caused by climate change. Restoration by planting seedlings and sowing (artificial regeneration) only complements natural regeneration when disturbances occur in the process of the natural regeneration of the forest, e.g. where there is no possibility of natural seeding, with the risk of developing erosion processes on exposed forest areas (e.g.

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Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land-use change generally show a declining trend. GHG emissions from deforestation decreased by 0.8% in 2020 compared to the previous year, with more than half, i.e. 56%, of these emissions coming from the establishment of agricultural land. In 2020, GHG emissions decreased by 6.4% over the previous year due to land conversion to built-up and related land. The largest share of emissions (56%) is due to the conversion of agricultural land to built-up and related land.

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Net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector were -4.736 kt CO2 eq in 2019, meaning that sinks were higher than emissions. According to the Slovenian Forest Service, felling decreased by about 13% in 2019 and as much as 30% in 2020 compared to 2018. For the first time since 2014, the share of sanitary felling in total felling was below 50%, which is related to the calming of the overpopulation of beetles and low forest damage due to natural disasters in 2019 and 2020.

Neutral

The EU's innovation performance is monitored with the summary innovation index, which is a composite indicator obtained with an unensuanced average of 27 indicators, which are covered by 12 thematic areas. Slovenia is best in the field of information technology, where Slovenia is above the EU average (18% more). In sustainable environmental management, Slovenia is lagging behind the EU average (21% less). The target value for Slovenia is not set.

Neutral

In 2019, the number of employees in the environmental goods and services sector increased by 1%. The share of employees in this sector in relation to all employees in Slovenia has not changed much in recent years. Slovenia's goal is to increase the number of green jobs. The target value for Slovenia has not been set, so in the framework of monitoring the implementation of the GHG OP, we compare the situation in Slovenia with the situation in the EU and monitor changes compared to the previous year.


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