BE-6 :: Integrated approach remediation - spatial planning (e.g. brownfield development, landfill mining)

Land is a limited natural resource. An integrated approach of the remediation of contaminated land can help create sustainable solutions (elaborated in co-creation with all stakeholders) by ensuring that economic, social and environmental issues are tackled through integrated strategies for renewal, regeneration and development in both urban and rural areas, e.g. brownfield development which can help protect the conservation of greenfields, urban forestry, …. Landfill sites can be considered as a specific kind of brownfields and should by consequence be addressed in a more specific way, namely as a resource of materials, energy and land.
Research questions:
How to integrate and optimize the remediation of contaminated land in spatial planning processes? How could spatial planning take the contamination of the site into consideration, thus allowing for more optimal redevelopment?
How to set up a landfill management plan that provides optimal use and protection during the period of non-mining. Cost-effective interim measures as alternative to high containment costs.
Land Management
What kind of knowledge is needed to stimulate the reactivation of brownfields (e.g. for urban forestry) rather than developing green field sites. How can we stimulate the protection of greenfields? How to implement and apply existing knowledge on brownfield redevelopment? How to develop flexible instruments?
How can we involve all stakeholders (e.g. municipalities, real estate, …)?
Could we grow “usable and sustainable” energy crops on contaminated land? How?