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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B52/S20.093

THE DIVERSITY OF URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURES IN A FORMER INDUSTRIAL CITY IN ROMANIA. CASE STUDY – RESITA

D. Badiu, I. Chincea, C. Ioja, M. I. Niculae, M. R. Nita, M. Patroescu, G. Vanau
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-18-6 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 5, Vol. 2, 703-710 pp

ABSTRACT
Industrial cities from post-communist countries have been confronted in the past 20 years with significant changes in their both functions and structure, due to processes of industrial restructuration, social changes, development of residential and commercial areas. This is the case of the municipality of Resita – Caras Severin County in Romania, a former industrial city. All this changes determined an increasing environmental pressure, thus the need for local authorities to find measures of balancing the negative effects of development through urban green infrastructures. In our analysis, we have used direct field observations, statistical data from local authorities and information derived using GIS techniques from maps and aerial images. We created a classification of urban green infrastructures present in the city of Resita, assessed their connectivity and benefits, and calculated a series of indexes expressing their distribution and efficiency. This analysis can represent a starting point useful in the urban planning for a sustainable development.

Keywords: urban green infrastructures, sustainable cities, urban ecology, postcommunist, Romania