Implementation of an integrated strategy for environmental justice – Pilot project in German municipalities
Because of the spatial concentration of health problems related to the environment (e.g. noise, air pollution, lacking green areas and parks) in housing areas that suffer from social deprivation, environmental justice is also receiving increased attention in Germany. Environmental justice aims at preventing and reducing the socio-spatial concentration of environmental health risks as well as ensuring fair access to environmental resources that affect health. This issue has not in any practical sense “caught on” at the local (planning) level.
The “Environmental justice in urban areas“ research project (2012-2014) carried out on behalf of the German Environment Agency by the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) provided recommendations for anchoring a strategy to create environmental justice in municipalities.
The Difu’s research and development project “Implementation of an integrated strategy for environmental justice – Pilot project in German municipalities” (11/2015–10/2017) is testing the key strategic recommendations for environmental justice of the above-mentioned previous project in actual planning and implementation projects in the three pilot municipalities of Kassel, Marburg and Munich. Difu is providing scientific support to the pilot project, which is also funded by the German Environment Agency under the Environmental Research Plan.
- Provision of activating support for the three pilot municipalities of Kassel, Marburg and Munich
- Creation of a “Local Environmental Justice” toolbox for municipalities providing definitions, background information, checklists, advice on implementation and practical examples
- Performance and online documentation of a stocktaking event “Local Environmental Justice”
A project working group comprising representatives from science, associations and local governments, and German States and Federal Government officials are cooperating in this research project. The group members represent the environment, nature conservation, health and urban development sectors.