Environmental Monitoring and Planning: Joining Forces for Facing Changes

Laniado, Eliot and Cossu, Mara and Vaghi, Silvia (2013) Environmental Monitoring and Planning: Joining Forces for Facing Changes. PLANNING TIMES – You better Keep Planning or You get in Deep Water, for the Cities they are A-Changin'. Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 303-312. ISSN 2521-3938

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Planning is a continuous and dynamic process, which needs to be considered as a part of the whole decision making activity. Although law and regulation fixed procedures, its undetermined duration and the spread in time of its effects make it difficult to manage territorial transformations, in time and space. Moreover, during the implementation process, socioeconomic and environmental changes occur to the context and ask for plan adaptation. To deal with time-effectivenes, the article focusses on the importance of monitoring since early stages of plannig. To drive the process and modify contents when necessary, monitoring should effectively join planning. Environmental monitoring in particular seems to properly pose the bases for facing this challenge, following 42/01 Directive concerning the environmental effects of certain plans and programmes (Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive). Changes enacted or simply unwillingly produced by plans or programmes must be kept under control within a common territorial framework. Beyond 42/01 Directive, the article argues integrated monitoring as a frame for testing the sustainability of overall changes induced by decision making at territorial level. It requires the definition of a governance scheme, describing subjects involved, roles and tasks for the implementation phase. The monitoring of a single plan should be considered as a part of the integrated system. To make integrated monitoring effective, a common knowledge framework is to be defined, at proper territorial level, by public administrations. It must put in common certified data from different sources (context indicators), useful for environmental and territorial descriptions. It must also make metadata available for continuous updating. Monitoring is a complex process involving planning and environmental authorities, stakeholders and the public. Assuming that participation should follow the whole planning process including the implementation phase, the article explores the potential breakthrough impact of monitoring in empowering participation processes. Within this theoretical account, the article highlights the potential of integrated monitoring in supporting planning along time and within space(s), in accordance to recent Italian case studies coming from research activity by Poliedra-Politecnico di Milano – in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea and the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic Environmental Assessment environmental monitoring
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 14:47
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 14:47
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/661

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