The state of the environment indicators in Finland

The state of the environment is not a snapshot at any given point of time but rather a concept which aggregates the various changes, trends and interactions in the natural world. It is not always unambiguous: these developments may be interpreted in a variety of ways and whether the situation is construed as good or bad largely depends on the point of view and values of the interpreter.

We have used three types of smiley faces in our assessment of the various indicator trends. A happy, sad or neutral expression indicates the long and short term direction of the indicators as well as performance against set targets.

The ongoing financial crises, which began in 2008, have affected the state of the environment in recent years. The effects have been both positive and negative. On one hand the recession has reduced the use of natural resources and other pressures on the environment on the other hand it has also slowed down a number of environmental policy processes such as international climate protection schemes.

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Published 2015-10-14 at 13:21, updated 2015-10-14 at 13:19