About CityChlor

The integrated approach

The traditional way of dealing with polluted soil and groundwater does not work in all cases. In urban environments with complex contaminations of chlorinated solvents an integrated approach is needed to tackle the problems. Yet where should you start? The CityChlor project provides building blocks. If you use these building blocks your chances of success are much greater. And by working together right from the start you can influence the process and turn problems into solutions for a sustainable city development.

CityChlor has demonstrated that remediation and sustainable re-development can evolve on a parallel timescale. It is also clear that public and private partnerships are important for guaranteeing the success of the process over a period of several decades. Moreover, the project has shown that an integrated approach can fit into European and local legislation. Finally, CityChlor has created tools for risk perception and community involvement and, of course, the project has reviewed and selected new techniques for characterisation and remediation.

So CityChlor has delivered the building blocks for stranded city development. But what building block must be added when and by whom? To provide an answer to such questions, CityChlor developed a plan that takes you through the different steps of an integrated approach and takes the interests of stakeholders into account.

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The results of the project are summarized in the brief report "An integrated approach to tackle pollution of soil and groundwater in the cities" The conditions for a successful integrated approach are described in the report "Success factors for an integrated approach".

The detailed results of the different actions within the project can be found on the Documents section of this website or you can browse the topics thematically:

The CityChlor project ended with a final Conference on May 16 and 17 in Ghent, Belgium. See an overview of the conference and the presentations.

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Project Objective

The CityChlor project ran from 2009 till 2013. CityChlor was a transnational cooperation project that aimed to improve the quality and minimize the pollution of soil and groundwater. Our solution? An integrated approach to tackle the threats caused by contamination with chlorinated solvents in urban areas.

Project partners from Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands worked together in the necessary complementary team to achieve this goal. All participating institutes have direct responsibility in the definition of policies and guidelines in their respective regions.

CityChlor was co-funded by INTERREG IVB North-West Europe (NWE), a financial instrument of the European Union’s Cohesion Policy. It funds projects which support transnational cooperation. The aim is to find innovative ways to make the most of territorial assets and tackle shared problems of Member States, regions and other authorities.

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