Brownfields 2010, Algarve, Portugal.

Fifth International Conference on Prevention, Assessment, Rehabilitation and Development of Brownfields Sites

14 - 16 September 2010.

Brownfields 2010 follows the success of the first four conferences in this series held in Cádiz (2002), Siena (2004), Tallinn (2006) and Cephalonia (2008).

The meeting provides an international forum to discuss the problems facing the public and private sectors, the engineering and scientific communities in terms of the land available for development purposes.

The demand for development land has led to the reuse of properties that have been abandoned for a variety of reasons. Many of them are brownfield sites which have deteriorated in different ways, including by contamination. These sites are usually a burden in terms of economic losses and contribute to the deterioration of the quality of life of entire neighbourhoods. They create enormous social problems in addition to severe land, soil and habitat degradation. The rehabilitation and redevelopment of brownfields and derelict land in general is one of the first priorities of environmental and spatial planning. The main objective for these sites is to find appropriate new uses and activities, taking into account their economic and social acceptability.

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