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Urban redevelopment of contaminated sites: A review of scientific evidence and practical knowledge on environmental and health issues

Regional Office for Europe, WHO

Authors

WHO Regional Office for Europe



Contributors

Gergő Baranyi
Researcher

Timo Haselhoff
Researcher

Jonas Hornberg
Researcher

Susanne Moebus
Researcher

Matthias Braubach
Researcher

Thomas B. Fischer
Researcher

Borko Baji
Project Member

Rainer Baritz
Project Member

Bart Bautmans
Project Member

Ben Cave
Project Member

Pietro Comba
Project Member

Ivan Djurickovic
Project Member

Marco Falconi
Project Member

Nana Gabriadze
Project Member

Gabriel Gulis
Project Member

Ivano Iavarone
Project Member

Gert Leurink
Project Member

Ian Martin
Project Member

Piedad Martin-Olmedo
Project Member

Yael Mason
Project Member

Dietmar Mueller-Grabherr
Project Member

Tara Muthoora
Project Member

Paul Nathanail
Project Member

Roberto Pasetto
Project Member

Consol Perez
Project Member

Holger Robrecht
Project Member

Frank Swartjes
Project Member

Jean-Francois Viel
Project Member

Barbara Vojvodikova
Project Member

Miriam Weber
Project Member

Eddy Wille
Project Member

Matthias Braubach
Project Leader

Sinaia Netanyahu
Project Leader

Julia Nowacki
Project Leader

Francesca Racioppi
Project Leader

Abstract

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 present an opportunity for sustainable urban development and reduce pressure on undisturbed land resources. Redevelopment of contaminated sites entails various challenges, however, and may cause continued environmental and health consequences if contamination risks are not properly managed or remediated.
This report provides the results of an expert consultation on redeveloping contaminated sites for new urban functions, aiming to review the health and environmental impacts of conversion and redevelopment and to identify sound practices to support effective redevelopment while considering health and well-being. The consultation was structured as a discussion of the evidence on environmental and health impacts of remediation, a review of European redevelopment case studies and a reflection on the applicability of impact assessment tools during remediation and redevelopment processes. Summarizing the conclusions, this report identifies good practices and important elements that should be considered for remediation and redevelopment projects.

Citation

Regional Office for Europe, W. Urban redevelopment of contaminated sites: A review of scientific evidence and practical knowledge on environmental and health issues. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe

Report Type Research Report
Online Publication Date May 7, 2021
Deposit Date May 11, 2021
Keywords contaminated sites, remediation, health impact assessment, urban planning and redevelopment, urban environments, healthy cities
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7371276
Publisher URL https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/urban-health/publications/2021/urban-redevelopment-of-contaminated-sites-a-review-of-scientific-evidence-and-practical-knowledge-on-environmental-and-health-issues-2021