Land take

Change of the amount of agriculture, forest and other semi-natural and natural land taken by urban and other artificial land development. It includes areas sealed by construction and urban infrastructure as well as urban green areas and sport and leisure facilities. The main drivers of land take are grouped in processes resulting in the extension of:

housing, services and recreation,
industrial and commercial sites,
transport networks and infrastructures,
mines, quarries and waste dumpsites,
construction sites.

Source: http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/land-take-2, retrieved on 14-04-2015

Data host: 

European Environment Agency