Protecting health through urban redevelopment of contaminated sites: planning brief (2021)

Eddy Wille, Danielle Sinnett, Gergo Baranyi, Matthias Braubach, Sinaia Netanyahu

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract / Description of output

Across the WHO European Region, the urban population is growing steadily and demand for land is rapidly increasing. Revitalizing and/or remediating industrial sites and contaminated land presents an opportunity for sustainable urban development. Such actions can also help in reducing the pressure on undisturbed land resources. However, redevelopment of contaminated sites may cause continued environmental and health consequences if contamination risks are not properly managed or remediated.

This brief summarizes the lessons learned across Europe on the redevelopment of contaminated sites as a part of urban planning and renewal. Specifically, it aims to provide information on the health and environmental impacts to be considered during site redevelopment projects, and to identify good practice and relevant local experiences to support effective, healthy and sustainable redevelopment of contaminated sites. As such, this brief offers key messages to support the work of local decision-makers, planners, practitioners, researchers and civil society organizations.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWorld Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe
ISBN (Print)978-92-890-5634-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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