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Environmental Rehabilitation of brownfield Sites in central Europe
The European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates that polluting activities have occurred in about 3 million sites in Europe and that “data on the redevelopment of brownfields are patchy and hardly comparable, reflecting the lack of a common definition of the problem across Europe”. Territorial analyses carried out by prominent networks (e.g. Cabernet) show that the issue of brownfield development outlines a core topic for the central Europe area.
GreenerSites seeks to improve the environmental management of un- or underused industrial areas. The project aims to achieve this through the definition of strategies and tools that are based on a sustainable, integrated approach to make functional urban areas (FUAs) cleaner, healthier and more liveable places. Project partners will bring about a shared and enhanced knowledge on integrated environmental management of brownfields.
They will also reinforce capacities of the public sector to plan and carry out brownfield regeneration and produce well-defined sustainability measures and tools to ensure the effectiveness of environmental planning. GreenerSites will build on know-how from previous EU projects and existing networks. Main outputs of the project will be:
GreenerSites partners will implement 11 Pilot Actions to test more sustainable and novel technical solutions in their brownfields to improve the environmental performance of the involved FUAs.
Each Pilot Action will investigate a specific critical aspect on brownfield management: brownfield revitalisation strategies and tools, novel monitoring systems, effective remediation methods.
Pilot solutions are meant to be replicable in other contaminated sites and strategies and tool can be adapted to different contexts.
9 Strategic Action Plans, one for each project functional urban area will be defined in two steps proposing valuable solutions to brownfield rehabilitation and their concrete sustainability.
Stemming from the brownfield analysis carried out in the first phase of the project, the Action Plans will identify interventions, measures and resources needed to bring off effective management of brownfield sites in central Europe FUAs.
2 transnational trainings, 9 local trainings and 8 study/site visits will be organised for public employees and stakeholders to increase their capacity to effectively manage brownfield regeneration in a sustainable way.
GreenerSites aims at providing the public sector with new skills and know-how on brownfield regeneration in order to improve the sites’ environmental conditions producing a positive impact on the surrounding inhabited areas.
GreenerSites partner will develop a common geo-information tool to support institutions in planning and managing brownfield regeneration in a more effective way. The GreenerSites Tool is planned as a site information system for online collaboration of public authorities that are concerned with brownfield rehabilitation.
It will be an easy to use Web GIS tool including only the most essential maps and data.
Other tools are the Common transferability manual and the Guidelines for FUA Strategic Action Plans.
GreenerSites partnership is made of 11 partners from 5 central Europe countries working together to bring about a shared and enhanced knowledge on integrated environmental management of brownfields