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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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The share of present invasive species (eg. Robinia pseudacacia, Ailanthus altissima, Buddleja davidii, Erigeron annuus) in the last decade shows an increasing trend. An increase in the share of invasive species is evident along the great lowland rivers Sava, Mura and Drava, as well as along the Kolpa river. In higher areas of Slovenia, particularly in the Alps and the Dinaric region, invasive species are very few or entirely absent. However, a notable increase in their share along the western border of the Dinaric region raises concerns.

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On average, households expenditure by consumption purpose in Slovenia was devoted predominantly on transport, housing, food and non-alcoholic beverages, which is similar to spending in the EU. For the households in the lowest income class, housing and food  account for almost 46% of household expenditure. Energy poverty is present in approximately 7% of households, which is around 62,000 households or 102,000 inhabitants.

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More than three-quarters of the apartments/houses were built before 1990, and the majority, nearly half, between 1961 and 1990. The Slovenian housing stock is therefore old and in need of renovation; in their renovation lies the greatest potential for reducing environmental impacts and reducing energy consumption. At the same time, the share of households with low incomes - i.e. those who are also expected to invest in apartment/house renovations - is around a quarter of all households.

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Values ​​of parameters used for monitoring the organic loading of rivers have greatly reduced since 1996, however ammonium levels remain much higher than natural background. The observed reduction in organic loading corresponds to an increase in the share of population whose wastewater is treated at wastewater treatment plants. The nutrient loading varies considerably among rivers of the Adriatic and the Danube river basins.

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In Slovenia, the share of one-member households - with higher expenditures and also a greater impact on the environment - has been rapidly increasing in the last ten years. Most households own all the usual household appliances (e.g. washing machine, refrigerator, etc.) and have been rapidly equipping themselves with new ones in recent years; thus electricity consumption does not decrease but increases slightly. Also, a third of households would not be able to cover unexpected expenses and just under a fifth survive a month without financial problems.

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Population trends of selected bird species show that the state of the environment in the cultural landscape is still deteriorating, especially in some parts such as Prekmurje and Ljubljansko barje. The population of selected forest bird species is stable, however, a trend of deterioration of its habitat was recorded in recent years, as a result of intensified logging. Bird populations that winter on Slovenian rivers and other water bodies have different trends that are mostly in line with trends of regional biogeographic populations of waterbirds in Europe.