The European Union and European countries are progressively connected each other with the people all over the world. Changing global economical and populace dynamics, the emergence of new technologies and wide-scale environmental changes can all influence Europe’s environment, world, and economies.
At the same time, Europe leads to environmental pressures in other parts of the world. Greenhouse gas exhausts in Europe lead to weather change impacts elsewhere, and globalized supply chains mean that European consumption plays a role in pressures on ecosystems and communities in other areas of the world.
This kind of statement sets out the logic for classifying the implications of Global Mega Trends at the nationwide, regional or European level, and should provide ideas to EEA member and cooperating countries to carry out their own national studies. It defines the condition and the details why understanding global trends is vital and sets away a suggested methodology for doing so, it identifies the context and why understanding global trends are important and sets away from a suggested methodology for doing this.
By simply considering GMTs and their environmental impacts in this way, one rule or convention for the ‘SEIA-GMT’ (simplified environmental impact examination of GMTs) can be defined: GMTs are linked to national trends, which are, in turn, linked to environmental impacts.
The suggested method described in this tool set has been developed under the project ‘Mapping Europe’s Future: understanding the effects of global megatrends at the national level’, which principal objective are develop a method that permits countries to think about impacts of the EEA GMTs and their meaning at a national level.