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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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Bad

Household electricity consumption is increasing and amounted to 3,000 GWh in 2009. The share of households equipped with electricity-consuming appliances is increasing as well. These include e.g. dishwashers, clothes dryers, mobile phones, CD players, microwaves, and personal computers. Despite the improved energy efficiency of some appliances, electricity consumption has not decreased, as the number of household appliances continues to increase rapidly, which also contributes to excessive quantities of waste.

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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. In the period 2019 to 2021, the measured values were again lower and close to the goal value.

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Slovenian forests are over-mature, the current ratio of forest development phases is unfavourable, forest regeneration is too slow, or the areas of forests under restoration are too small to significantly change the share of forest development phases and thus ensure sustainable forest development. The role of forests as a carbon sink is at risk.

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.

Good

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to land-use change generally show a declining trend. GHG emissions from deforestation decreased by 1.2% in 2019 compared to the previous year, with more than half, i.e. 58%, of these emissions coming from the establishment of agricultural land. In 2019, GHG emissions decreased by 5.8% over the previous year due to land conversion to built-up and related land. The largest share of emissions (59%) is due to the conversion of agricultural land to built-up and related land.

Good

Areas of fields and gardens in measures that require fertilization based on rapid soil or plant tests have significantly exceeded the target value set by the 2014–2020 Rural Development Programme.


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