International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (Int J Sustain Dev Plann)

Publisher: WIT Press

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The 'International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning' is an international, interdisciplinary journal covering the subjects of environmental design and planning, environmental management, spatial planning, environmental planning, environmental management and sustainable development in an integrated way as well as in accordance with the principles of sustainability. In the beginning of 21st century, despite major scientific and technological accomplishments, the struggle for a cleaner environment as well as for rational organization of space is not settled. It is clear to us that environmentalists, planners, policy makers, engineers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that environmental protection, spatial co-ordination and economic development could all be achieved without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own requirements. In recent years, an increase in spatial and environmental problems in many countries has led to a crisis in environmental planning and management. The increasing urbanization of the world coupled with the issues of environmental pollution, resources shortage and economic restructuring demand that a lot of effort should be required in order to make our cities sustainable. Moreover, problems of sustainable planning and management are not restricted in urban areas, since rural areas face serious environmental challenges. The aim of the 'Sustainable Development and Planning' is to inform its readers quickly on all aspects of environmental planning and management. The Journal includes subjects ranging from social to technical environmental management issues, having always as an axis the concept of sustainable planning and development.

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Website International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning website
Other titles International journal of sustainable development and planning (Online), Sustainable development and planning, Sustainable development and planning journal
ISSN 1743-7601
OCLC 163576887
Material type Document, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: International Water Law has been witnessing deep changes in the latter two decades. These changes denote certain cardinal options for new values that the newer International Water Law is seeking to embrace. Amongst these, the ones of environmentalization, humanization and economicization stand out as attempts at bringing efficient response to the challenges set by the current global water crisis. They amount to true paradigm shifts in the understanding of International Water Law and the normative message conveyed.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to document actions taken by the public in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) to improve the sustainability of their water resources since 2002. A survey instrument was used to collect these data in 2002, 2007 and 2012. Mail-based surveys containing between 45 and 60 questions were sent to over 2,200 randomly chosen adults in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington in 2002, 2007 and 2012. Return rates in excess of 50% were received for each survey ensuring that the results were statistically valid. The 2002 survey results were used as base line data. Over 87% of the respondents undertook at least one voluntary action to protect the quantity of water resources based on the 2012 survey. Voluntary actions including installation of water saving appliances, changing water use in the yard, changing household water use and changing the way a vehicle was washed were taken by 70.2%, 49.2%, 64.3% and 32.1% of the survey respondents, respectively. Voluntary actions taken to protect water quality also improved in 2012 compared with the results of the 2002 and 2007 surveys. The percentage of respondents that improved home waste disposal practices improved their use of pesticides and/or fertilizers in their yards, and safely disposed of used motor oil in 2012 was 60.2%, 46.4% and 65.3%, respectively. Less than 14% and 19% of adults have not voluntarily addressed water quantity and water quality issues in their homes, respectively. Any activity that protects the integrity of water resources improves sustainability. The surveys conducted over a 10-year period show increasing citizen participation in efforts to protect water resources. Consequently, it appears that public education targeted at adults does work. Continued public education efforts targeted at adults over the next decade should continue to further increase public participation and the number of best management practices each citizen employs to protect their water resources. Compared with a traditional regulatory approach, the cost of public education to encourage the conservation and protection of water resources is a bargain. Consequently, the USA's land grant universities and other governmental and non-government organizations that invest in adult education should continue to do so. From a taxpayer standpoint, this investment in water education is an efficient and wise use of money.
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    ABSTRACT: In modern urban drainage systems, stormwater detention facilities are important tools to reduce flood effects and discharges of uncontrolled pollutants into water receivers. For their design, simplified methods and continuous simulations of observed data are generally used. One of the main targets is to limit the frequency and the entity of overflows. In this article, a probabilistic approach for the derivation of the distribution functions of spilled volumes to evaluate the efficiency of a stormwater detention facility is proposed. The possibility of pre-filling of the storage capacity from a previous rainfall event, which can increase the probability of overflows from the stormwater detention facility, has been considered. The effects of the simplified assumptions have been deeply investigated and discussed. Final expressions have been applied to a case study, and results have been compared to those obtained from the continuous simulation.
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    ABSTRACT: The quality of water resources in urban areas has undergone degradation due to the discharge of domestic and industrial wastewaters and urbanization among other factors. Despite the legal instruments that aim to preserve water bodies, other mechanisms should be implemented, such as monitoring networks and reporting results. Another challenge is the interpretation of the results that may support decision making on the actions that must be taken to preserve the water quality. In this study, we examined the results of physicochemical and microbiological analyses in a monitoring network that comprised 12 sampling stations. Results were compared with water quality standards established in legislation and calculation of two water quality indexes, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment water quality index (CCME WQI) and the National Sanitation Foundation-Environmental Sanitation Technology Company of the State of São Paulo (Cetesb) WQI. Conclusion is that the comparison with quality threshold limits as defined in the legislation, although complete, prevents the reporting on the overall quality of the water body. Application of the quality index allowed communication and interpretation of the results. Another conclusion is that the Cetesb WQI can indicate the degree of contamination of waters impacted by domestic sewage, while the CCME WQI is an effective tool to assess water resources considering different sources of contamination and current legal aspects.
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents a procedure to analyse the consequences induced by extractive activities on the surrounding landscape. The objective is to predict the extent of visual interference a given extractive venture will have on the landscape, while taking into account the landscape sensitivity of the area. To this aim, a method is proposed for evaluating the relationship between extractive methods and resultant visual impact by means of a case study in the Lazio region of Italy. Having determined the site for the extractive activities, an annual production target is fixed. In relation to the type of material to be extracted, various options are then selected according to the possible extraction methods and, for each of these, quantitative indicators associated with the resulting visual impact are determined and evaluated. The landscape sensitivity of the area surrounding the site is considered to evaluate the possible effect on the various types of observers who may be present. The procedure described in this article constitutes a concise instrument to be used as a decision-making aid during the planning stage of a quarrying or mining venture. It would equally be of help to the regulatory authorities and to any property developers involved in making building choices, which would be affected by nearby extractive plants or any large construction work in general.
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    ABSTRACT: Permeable pavements can reduce volumes and improve water quality of stormwater runoff by allowing water to infiltrate on its structure, easily integrating with other water control strategies in sustainable urban drainage systems. This solution is already well known, commercially available and referred to on many municipal legislations. This literature review discuss the role of permeable pavements in urban drainage by analyzing the main results on full-scale tests, especially regarding runoff volume reduction and quality improvement. Research results and case studies reported in literature confirm both the feasibility and the benefits of the use of permeable pavements in urban areas, even though research is still required on some application issues.
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of motor transport on air pollution, especially in big cities, is constantly increasing due to the rapid growth of the number of cars, which is accompanied by increased consumption of fuels derived from petroleum. In view of the significant influence of the quality of motor fuels on the indicators of vehicles operation, there is an urgent need to improve it. The aim of this work is to solve the problem of choice and justification of the priority areas to improve the environmental and performance properties of motor fuels. Analysis was carried out on the influence of the chemical content of motor fuels on their environmental and operational properties. The requirements for motor fuel quality based on analytical investigation were formulated. Medium-term and strategic measures for the oil refining industry to improve the quality of motor fuels were justified. A technology of high-quality motor fuel production based on a highly efficient residueless oil refining scheme was developed. A highly effective multifunctional additive for the integrated and rapid improvement of motor fuel quality was developed and comprehensively investigated.
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    ABSTRACT: This research aims to study the variation in water quality during four seasons of year 2012-2013 for Husseiniya stream. This stream is a branch of Euphrates river in Iraq. It passes through Karbala Governorate and serves as a source for different purposes in this region. Canadian Water Quality Index (CWQI) method was used to for the classification of this stream for domestic, irrigation, and aquatic uses during winter, spring, summer, and autumn seasons. This method is classified as relative subindex technique that depends on water quality standards; therefore, water quality parameters were adopted in this method, which were taken from different international standards. These parameters were temperature, turbidity, total dissolved solids, hydrogen power, total hardness, sulphates, chlorides, lead, cadmium, aluminium, and coliform bacteria. In CWQI method, the parameters of Husseiniya stream during the four seasons were compared with their optimum (desirable) and maximum (permissible) standards. It was found that there was clear variation in the classification of CWQI between the two ways. From other side, the seasonal behaviour for this stream was not clear during the study period for all parameters and for all uses.
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    ABSTRACT: The prolonged economic crisis in Greece in the last 5 years resulted in a dramatic road traffic volume reduction and as a consequence in environmental road traffic noise diminution. This article analyses this issue with comparisons of measurements of noise, traffic volume and speed, at certain points along the capital's ring motorway, for a 9-year period. Data and comparisons concern measurements taken at 42 locations in Athens ring road during the last 9 years. According to the results, since 2009 - the year with the highest ring road traffic volume - there is a downward trend in both road traffic and environmental noise measurements recorded every year. It is also interesting to point out that until 2009, at locations where there is high traffic volume and many hours of congestion during the day, there is some minor reduction or even an increase in noise level due to the increase of the average speed. On the other hand, night measurements show that, for economy reasons, driver's speed has dropped to lower levels and thus lower noise level measurements are recorded.
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    ABSTRACT: This submitted paper deals with the selected tools that are a part of resource management in the context of sustainable development. These instruments mainly cover corporate social responsibility, enterprise resource planning systems and strategic management with selected management models. Enterprise resource planning systems are the information base and support tools that a company's management uses for making decisions. The aim of these tools is to support a decrease in the consumption of raw materials, energy and other limited resources, which in turn increases the company's performance. This is mainly due to lower costs and increased corporate profitability. On the other hand, all these activities help to reduce the unfavorable ecologic impacts of business activities. This paper discusses the various ways to increase business performance through selected strategic management models through improving a company's competitiveness. The last part of the article is aimed at looking at the results of a survey that was conducted in the Czech Republic at the beginning of 2013. The research was focused on companies located in this country and it answered questions that surrounded on how these companies improved and increased their business performance in the market from the sustainable development point of view.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to document drinking water issues and concerns of the urban public in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Urban residents of the Pacific Northwest region of the USA consider drinking water their most important water resource issue. A survey instrument was developed to measure urban satisfaction with drinking water supplies. Data were collected using mail-based surveys conducted at five-year intervals in 2002, 2007 and 2012. Each survey contained 11 questions about drinking water and was mailed to 2,200 randomly chosen residents of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Return rates in excess of 50% were received for each survey ensuring that the results are statistically valid. On a regional basis 60.7, 64.1 and 68.8% of Pacific Northwest residents relied on public water supply systems for their drinking water in 2002, 2007 and 2012, respectively. This number increased to between 79% (2002) and 86% (2012) when only urban residents were considered. Over 86% of urban residents felt that water they obtained from the tap in their home was safe to drink. However, over 26% of survey respondents reported that they often used bottled water. Very little of this bottled water is consumed in the home and instead used more as a convenience rather than for health-related issues. Bottled water use significantly declined between 2007 and 2012. Almost one in four urban residents had a secondary water filter in their home. The use of in-home filters has increased significantly since 2002. Approximately 15% of survey respondents identified minerals (hard water) as a concern in their drinking water. However, other potential contaminants including pathogens, nitrates, pesticides and heavy metals were identified as problems by less than 5% urban residents. Overall, the urban public is satisfied that their home drinking water is safe; however, in the last 10 years there has been a trend toward more skepticism and additional in-home treatment of drinking water.
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    ABSTRACT: The high level of the negative impact on the environment in the Russian Federation remains steady for many years. Significant and specific contribution to the current level of pollution is made by the companies of the energy sector, which is among the top three in terms of the negative impact on the environment. The planned transition to technological regulation system is based on the use of the best available technology (BAT). The concept formation of the transition to BAT is a challenge for the industry. The basis of the concept is the unified approach development, harmonized with the European approaches, Russian practice and methodological guidelines for BAT identification, which will facilitate informational and technical implementation of BAT in the economy entities of the energy sector. To solve this problem, the authors developed a model for BAT implementation, using a step-by-step logical approach to decision-making. This approach is based on a comparison of the environmental protection measures effectiveness with costs that the economic entity should bear to avoid or minimize man-made impact in normal conditions of management, that is, before BAT introduction. The economic expediency evaluation of the technology in a particular industry is an integral part of BAT implementation concept.
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    ABSTRACT: After more than a decade of development, eco-industrial parks (EIPs) have made significant progress in saving resources and protecting the environment in China. Meanwhile, many problems have emerged, such as poor stability, poor profitability and weak eco-industrial chains, which have impeded the EIP's sustainable development. Faced with variable environmental practices and limited resources and capital, EIPs need to address suitable environmental practices seriously to configure resources reasonably and ultimately realize sustainable development. Therefore, based on an analysis of the elements of environmental practice and sustainable development level, this article aims at identifying those environmental practices that can improve the sustainable development level of EIPs and to analyze the impact of those different environmental practices on the sustainable development level of EIPs using factor analysis and analytic hierarchy process. The results could provide theoretical guidance and reference for decision-making to Chinese government and administration committees of EIPs for choosing and implementing environmental practices.
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    ABSTRACT: The senses are part of our everyday life and the sensory experience we had of a place makes us remember it more or less distinctly and with more or less pleasure. Urban studies agree on the fact that today the main goal of urban space planning is to alter the experience of that space for those who inhabit it. Urban environments are increasingly often designed to be distinctive; they strive to create memorable sensory experiences for the people who use them. The experience of a place can be further improved and virtualized by using smart technologies to be applied to a given area in all its complexity, making the most of both its tangible and intangible resources. The present study was undertaken to contextualize the issue of place experiential paths. It was carried out in the framework of the research project, 'Historic urban landscape as a resource for local development: an innovative approach for smart strategies for the creation of value', formulated according to PRIN - Project of Relevant Italian National Interest - guidelines. Starting from the evolving definition of 'experiential path', this study seeks to illustrate the projects currently being developed for Pompeii and the PRIN proposal for a smart experiential path in the Pompeii area. This area is characterized by archaeological resources of great interest, but scarce attractiveness of the modern town next to the ruins. The identification of well-known and less well-known cultural and identity resources of these places is the basis for the construction of experiential paths capable, thanks to smart technologies, to contribute to its sustainable enhancement.
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    ABSTRACT: The study contributes to the recognition of the central role of the interface in a restoration project. In fact, boundaries, joints and connections represent the key factor for understanding and interpreting the chronological sequence of the construction in a historical monument and they are the place where the contact of different entities can engender problems of connection and transmission, as well as material, chemical-physical, aesthetic or related to technological compatibility (structural, thermic and hygrometric). In the planning stage, they also intervene decisively in the principles of feasibility such as distinctness, reversibility, current expression and sustainability, which form the theoretical basis of the discipline. One particular case of interface is the one generated by erosion. The text presents the case of erosion of the urban walls of Cagliari, where the phenomenon has been faced by the creation of interesting integration interfaces in the course of time. Particularly, in the case of the 'Porta di Altamira', a scale of the degrees of erosion, useful for the planning of possible units of integration, has been studied. Based on the case study and the theoretical principles of the discipline, the research suggests the stratigraphic process as a standard methodology and operating criterion for the preservation and the restoration of interfaces and for the integration of gaps.
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    ABSTRACT: Thermal energy transfer in the atmosphere occurs from a high temperature zone to a low one by means of convective vortices where mechanical energy is produced. There are two ways of driving vertical flow in the core of a vortex: (1) by the direct action of buoyancy acting on hot air and (2) by producing a vertical pressure gradient along the axis of a vortex because of core development involving the lateral spread of the vortex with height. In particular, it indicates that the intensity of convective vortices depends on the depth of the convective layer via thermodynamic efficiency, the enthalpy perturbation across them, and the existence of sources of vorticity. The atmospheric vortex engine (AVE) is a device for producing an artificial vortex. The operation of AVE is based on the fact that the atmosphere is heated from the bottom and cooled at the top. By artificial vortex generation, it is aimed to eliminate the physical solar updraft tower and reduce the capital cost of solar chimney power plants. This paper reviews natural convective vortices and vortex creation via physical principles of vortex generation. Vortex analysis and modelling are presented. Furthermore, a new model of a solar vortex engine (SVE) is proposed and discussed. An idea on utilizing the solar energy as the heat source for establishing the vortex and operating the SVE model is adopted. The SVE model is feasible and promising for electrical power generation. Keywords: Artificial vortex, convective vortices, solar vortex engine, tornado, vortex analysis.
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