PL-6 :: Degraded land in urban areas

In Poland degraded areas still occupy a significant part of urban spaces. They include post-industrial areas but also more and more abandoned buildings and other sites not used for any function.
According to the new act on revitalization (from June 2015) towns have to provide urban revitalization programs. It is a requirement if a city is going to apply for funds for revitalization. The act imposes a number of requirements concerning also definition of revitalization. It has to include both social and technical revitalization of so-called “crisis areas”.
Therefore cities have started with the work on revitalization programs. Despite this work it is still a need for further methodology of management of these degraded areas in the scale of the whole city. Specific research questions:
Demand
Methodology of risk management connected with degraded areas in the context of urban revitalization programs. It should constitute a model of analysis of various alternatives including a number of scenarios of remediation technologies (if necessary), possible functions, sites potential and needs of a city development. It also should regard short and long-term horizon and the scale of the whole city.
Methods of forestation of degraded areas according to site condition and needs of a city. The project would also support a system of compensation planting of trees in urban areas.
How to develop methodology of risk management connected with degraded areas for comprehensive revitalization programs?
What kind of soil treatment technologies should be further developed to support urban revitalization programs?
Natural capital
Analysis of the natural potential of areas needed for a city sustainable development. It should be necessary for estimation of the areas of the regenerated sites which would release natural areas necessary for improving city natural condition.
How to involve analysis of the natural potential of areas needed for a city sustainable development?
Land management
Valorization of the city space using scenario analysis. It is particularly important in the context of degraded areas which also should be taken into account in the analysis after their remediation or regeneration.
What kind of scenario analysis methods should be used for valorization of a city space in various alternatives of land remediation or regeneration?
Impact
How to estimate level of ecosystem services of urban areas achieved after implementation of scenarios including recycling of degraded areas?