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LIFE in the city - Innovative solutions for Europe’s urban environment



Urban environmental management is a key issue in the effort to improve environmental conditions and the quality of life in Europe’s cities. Some 80% of Europe’s citizens live in towns with a population of at least 10,000 inhabitants, and it is here that the effects of many environmental problems are most severely felt. The majority of cities in Europe face a common core set of interrelated and often mutually reinforcing environmental problems. These include increasing levels of traffic, air pollution, ambient noise and greenhouse gas emissions, neglect of the built environment, improper land-use, lack of open space, soil contamination, as well as the generation of large quantities of waste and wastewater.
Environmental problems are often closely linked to other problems facing society. It is, indeed, in urban areas that the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainable development converge most intensely.
Socio-economic and cultural issues, such as changes in lifestyle, a growing dependence on the private car, the growth in one-person households, the increasing use of resources per capita, the loss of community identity, and the marginalisation of segments of the population, also have to be taken into account when developing solutions for the urban environment.

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Authors: SARVAN E, Astrale GEIE - AEIDL, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2006. 61 pp. free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KH-AJ-06-003-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-02254-7
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