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Some figures of Natura 2000 as an economic and employment

• Provides services to European citizens rated between 200 and 300 billion euros a year(Source: European Commission)The development of the Natura 2000 network in Spain mean an increase in gross domestic product from 0.1% to 0.26%.

• 30% 35% of jobs in developed regions and 7% (14.6 million) in the European Union depend on the services provided by ecosystems.

• The Natura 2000 network has generated nearly 12 million jobs each year in the EU during the period 2006-2008 in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism and various services.

• Nature tourism is growing between 15% and 20% per year. The annual revenue in Spain exceed 2,000 million euros (According to the World Tourism Organization UNWTO)

• The tourism revenue in the Natura 2000 network in Europe are estimated 50 and 85 million euros a year.

• Natural disasters during the 1990-2010 period have led to the European Union economic losses of about 163 million euros (about 16 million per year).

• The 25% of drugs sold in developed countriesand 75% used in developing countries is made from natural compounds.

• The pollination benefits in Europe are few 14 billion per year, Which represents 10% Of agricultural production.

• The Natura 2000 network warehousea currently about 35 billion tons of CO2, Whose value is around 600 billion and 1,130 billion.

• Healthy ecosystems provide benefits through Therefore cost reduction of water purification as provisioning.

See more at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/financing/docs/ENV-12-018_LR_Final1.pdf