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Title: Key sustainability issues and the spatial classification of sensitive regions in Europe
Authors: Dilly, Oliver
Camilleri, Marguerite
Formosa, Saviour
Galea, Gabrielle
Hallenbarter, Dionys
Hasenauer, Hubert
Kowalik, Monika
Koza, Piotr
Kull, Ain
Moncada, Stefano
Oja, Tonu
Putzhuber, Friedrich
Rogass, Christian
Schneider, Bernard Uwe
Siebielec, Gregorz
Dorrie, Carola
Imrichova, Zuzana
Korzeniowska-Puculek, Renata
Krauchi, Norbert
Lopatka, Artur
Mander, Ülo
Pudelko, Rafal
Stuczynski, Tomasz
Huttl, Reinhard F.
Keywords: Sustainable development -- Europe
Industrial sites
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Citation: Dilly, O., Camilleri, M., Formosa, S., Galea, G., Hallenbarter, D., Hasenauer, H., ... Huttl, R. F. (2008). Key sustainability issues and the spatial classification of sensitive regions in Europe. In Sustainability Impact Assessment of Land Use Changes (pp. 471-494). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
Abstract: Cross-cutting environmental, social and economic changes may have harsh impacts on sensitive regions. To address sustainability issues by governmental policy measures properly, the geographical delineation of sensitive regions is essential. With reference to the European impact assessment guidelines from 2005, sensitive regions were identified by using environmental, social and economic data and by applying cluster analysis, United Nation Environmental Policy priorities and expert knowledge. On a regionalised ‘Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics’ (NUTS) level and for pre-defined sensitive region types (post-industrial zones, mountains, coasts and islands) 31 % of the European area was identified as sensitive. However, the delineation mainly referred to social and economic issues since the regional data bases on environmental indicators are limited and do not allow the separation of medium-term vital classes of sensitive regions. Overall, the sensitive regions showed indicator values differing from the EU- 25 average.
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