Urban Sprawl in Europe

Year 2016
Pages 135
Number UD-1098-E
Publisher Bundesamt für Umwelt BAFU, European Environment Agency EEA
Series Environmental miscellanea

Joint report of the European Environment Agency EEA and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

There is growing evidence that urban sprawl is having an increasingly negative effect on the environment and on the quality of life across Europe. Existing actions to prevent, contain or control such development have had limited results. Better targeted measures are necessary. That is the main conclusion of a joint report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). The report reviews the low-density and scattered expansion of many cities that often comes as a result of uncontrolled growth, which has continued in Europe over recent decades. Urban sprawl involves the expansion of large urban areas into surrounding undeveloped areas including the countryside and agriculture land. According to the report, the level of sprawl increased in all European countries in the 2000s and it continues to grow.

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