Economic Sector: Environment protection

EU policy

EU development policy promotes an integrated framework for clean environment resources management, applying a range of widely tested approaches for environment protection services. The EU clean environment management policy has three priorities:

Ø  Comprehensive access to environmental friendly & sustainable production;

Ø Establishing and strengthening organizations and infrastructure for the sustainable and equitable management of environmental resources;

Ø Coordinating fair, sustainable and appropriate use of environmental resources.

Financial loss

The importance of environmental sustainability is being recognized by mainstream business practices in many sectors. Challenges relating to resource depletion and the production of greenhouse gases are attracting increasing attention owing not least to regulatory, supply chain, reputational and consumer pressure. While there is evidence of some awareness and good environmental practice among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this segment of the business community remains notoriously difficult to influence.

Environmental damage 

Environmental degradation is the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources such as air, water and soil; the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of wildlife. It is defined as any change or disturbance to the environment perceived to be deleterious or undesirable. Environmental impact or degradation is caused by the combination of an already very large and increasing human population, continually increasing economic growth, and the application of resource depleting and polluting technology.

Problem solving

The growing problems in environmental management needs more adequate human capacity that can be improved by training of environmental managers, decision makers and operators of ecosystems that may learn from each other’s experience.

The successful approach involves development of sound institutions and strong cooperation to apply the best solutions that are to be shared among the international community of practitioners and agencies that provide capacity in the area.

The environment protection sector needs:

  • Best trained professionals and managers;
  • Individuals with flexible qualifications and appropriate skills and competences;
  • Mutual recognition of qualifications acquired abroad and at international level;
  • Transparency among the various national qualifications systems and Vocational & Adult Education and Training programs.