Study supporting potential land targets under the 2014 land communication
Final report - Study
This study assesses the feasibility of setting up a suitable framework for measuring progress towards a more sustainable use of land as a resource. The objectives and targets proposed by the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe (related to land take, land recycling and land degradation) are used as a starting point. Possible indicators and targets to promote the multi-functionality of land and preserve its environmental functions, as well as to reduce the impacts of EU demand on global land degradation, are also analysed. Where appropriate indicators are available and the associated... baseline is well defined, the relevance and feasibility of setting targets is assessed, covering technical, socio-economic and administrative aspects. This is informed, in particular, by the experience from the few MS having defined land and soil-related targets. The study proposes several possible future targets that could be set at the EU level, subject to a number of improvements with regard to indicators definitions, monitoring processes (methodologies, resources and timeliness), methodological approaches (e.g. with regard to relatively new indicators such as the Weighted Urban Proliferation or the Land Footprint), and the overall knowledge base. Alternative approaches to target setting (e.g. policy guidance) are also identified.
- Corporate author(s): Amec , BIO by Deloitte (BIO) , Directorate-General for Environment (European Commission) , Institute for Environmental Studies , Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) Themes: Environment policy and protection of the environment , Conservation of resources
- Subject: allocation of land , consumption , degradation of the environment , environmental impact , environmental policy , erosion , exploitation of resources , land productivity , land use , sustainable development