Environmental protection services on the Estonian market
The environmental protection expenditure accounts describe environmental market components and cash flows related to the environment – volume of environmental protection services produced in the country, consumption of environmental protection services available on the market, and financing of their production and consumption. In 2010, the total contribution to environmental protection in Estonia amounted to 548 million euros, of which consumption of environmental services constituted a majority and capital expenditure almost a third. When including foreign support, the environmental protection expenditure of Estonia was 594 million euros.
The quantity of pesticides placed on the market in Estonia increased in 2015
According to Statistics Estonia, 691 tons of pesticides (by active substance) were placed on the market in Estonia in 2015, which was 15% more than in the previous year. The quantity of sold pesticides has been increasing in the last five years.
The year 2015 was special in the environmental sphere. The representatives of about 200 countries signed the Paris agreement on the control of carbon emissions with the purpose of keeping global warming within the limit of 2 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era. At the same time, the UN global sustainable development action plan and 17 sustainable development goals were agreed for the next 15 years. All these goals are interlinked and balance three dimensions of sustainable development: economical, social and environmental dimensions. Estonia’s actions in ensuring and further shaping environmental protection are also focused on achieving these two agreements.
In order to preserve naturally diverse landscapes and habitats, 22% of Estonia’s territory (incl. territorial sea) is under protection. As at 31 December 2014, Estonia has 5 national parks, 148 nature conservation areas, 152 landscape conservation areas, 96 areas protected under old protection regulations, 538 parks and forest stands, 343 special conservation areas, 1,357 species protection sites, 20 natural objects protected at the local government level and 1,228 separate protected natural objects. In addition, 568 protected plant, animal, fungal, and lichen species have been included in the National Red List of Threatened Species.
Environmental goods and services sector as a developing economic sector
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