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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s20.v5060

GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF RURAL DUMPSITES IN NORTH-EAST REGION FROM ROMANIA

F. C. MIHAI, L. APOSTOL, A. A. GHIURCA, A. LAMASANU, A. BANICA
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 5, 447 - 454 pp

ABSTRACT

This paper proposes a spatial analysis of statistical data concerning the number and
areas of rural dumpistes for local administrative units (LAU in Romanian’s rural
terrirory = communes) from 6 counties of North-East region using thematic
cartography.Database created at local scale is correlated with demographic factors (eg
population density) taking into account the various geographical conditions between
these 6 counties (Neamt,Suceava,Botosani,Iasi,Bacau and Vaslui).Rural dumpsites have
been identified by the county environmental authorities in 2008 and 2009,deadline for
closure and rehabilitation being July 16, 2009 .The large number of these sites reflect
the lack of organized waste management system in rural territory.Sanitation services are
still poorly developed in rural areas and the waste generated and uncollected are often
disposed in open dumps or river banks (mainly in mountain areas).Geographic location
of human settlements influences the disposal of waste, most of these dumpsites were
located in their proximity.These bad practices are still present being revealed by field
observations.Thus,demographic background (rural population share of total county
population, population density at LAU level) and local geographical conditions
(mountain,hill/plateau,plains/valley corridor) reflect the territorial disparities between
counties (regional scale) and communes (local scale) regarding the geographical
distribution of rural dumpsites.

Keywords: dumpsite,rural areas,spatial analysis,geographical conditions,territorial
disparities