Maintaining and enhancing living conditions in cities through a
combination of physical planning and environmental management is a
newly emerging focus of governments around the world. For example,
local governments seek to insulate sensitive land uses such as
residential areas from environmentally intrusive activities such as
major transport facilities and manufacturing. Regional governments
protect water quality and natural habitat by enforcing pollution
controls and regulating the location of growth. Some national
governments fund acquisition of strategically important sites,
facilitate the renewal of brown fields, and even develop integrated
environmental quality plans.
The aim of this series is to share information on experiments
and best practices of governments at several levels. These
empirically-based studies present and critically assess a variety
of initiatives to improve environmental quality. Although
institutional and cultural contexts vary, lessons from one commonly
can provide useful ideas to other communities. Each of the
contributions are independently peer reviewed, and are intended to
be helpful to professional planners and environmental managers,
elected officials, representatives of NGOs, and researchers seeking
improved ways to resolve environmental problems in urban areas and
to foster sustainable urban development.
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