The total expenditure for environmental protection activities in the public sector in 2013 is estimated at €90,2 million, which corresponds to 0,50%, according to the results of a survey carried out by the Statistical Service.
A press release, issued by the Statistical Service on Thursday, says that the €90,2 million, corresponds to 0,50% of the Gross Domestic Product. In 2012 the total expenditure for environmental protection activities were €89,3 million (0,46% of GDP) and €101,6 million (0,52% of GDP) in 2011.
The share of the GDP of Cyprus devoted to environmental protection activities in the public sector is lower than the average in the member-states of the European Union (0,67% in 2012).
In 2013, the total current expenditure reached €67,1 million while investment expenditure reached €23,1 million. Furthermore, in 2013 the subsidies or transfers received by the public sector for environmental protection purposes exceeded those given by €5,8 million.
By environmental domain, the majority of the current and capital expenditure had been utilised to finance wastewater treatment (€30,9 million or 34,3% of the total expenditure) and other general environmental issues as well as actions for the protection of the natural environment and biodiversity (€45,3 million or 50,3%).
The monitoring, treatment and disposal of waste absorbed €7,6 million of the total expenditure, the monitoring and abatement of air pollution €3,1 million, the protection of soil and ground water €2,7 million and the abatement of noise and vibrations €0,6 million.
The biggest amounts of expenditures were undertaken by the Forests Department and the Water Development Department.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY