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Environmental Target Concept


Detailed description of the Good Practice

The Environmental Target Concept (ETC) is an important part of the Guidelines of Local Agenda 21 of Hanseatic City of Rostock. To get or save best environmental conditions, Rostock must play its part in setting qualitative environmental aims for the main points of environmental protection from what our life is based:

  • Soil protection,
  • Emission and pollution,
  • Noise abatement,
  • Urban climate protection,
  • Radio waves,
  • Global climate protection,
  • Water protection,
  • Waste management,
  • Biotypes and species of wild fauna,
  • Forest

By accepting, that the desired state of environment could not reach immediately and so we have defined the environmental goals for the next 5, 10 and 15 years. Therefore using standard values of precaution for measuring the quality. Analyzing the specific environmental situation in Rostock, were established the standards and aligned them with requirements e.g. from EU-guidelines, national laws and from the German Institute for Standardization. The ETC also combines the goals of their different concepts and plans e.g. land use plan from nature protection, soil protection concept and noise reduction plan.
In 2005 the parliament made a resolve to set the ETC as the policy of sustainable environmental protection in Rostock for its further development. They decided that the ETC should be an assessment tool for urban planning, EIA/SEA and industry and harbor development in the city.
With the ETC they have a unique system to standardize the assessment by Geographic Information System (GIS) and to create legal certainty by determining considerable impacts that opens the EIA/SEA procedure.
The decision of the parliament also includes a yearly report of the reached state of the environmental aims. The first report was published in 2006. It shows that the environmental situation of Rostock is not bad but there are still to solve problems with noise in residential areas and also with dangerous fine particle pollution in one much frequented street.
The ETC and the achievement report are part of public relations and very important for the political decisions and also investments of business.

Objectives of the Good Practice

Bundling environmental and nature protection aims, define specific and phased aims for Rostock, politicians could be persuaded and use the ETC, effective implementation of EU-EIA/SEA-guidelines, yearly published report for inhabitants and politicians about the state of environment, it is a way to improve the environmental situation systematically. The effectiveness of the act is given by consulting the respect of the given parameters and the relative success of the policies in their respect.

Participants of the Good Practice

The Regional Level(Parliament), he Municipality cooperated in order to produce and help to implement(with the active role of the Involved Business parts) the Environmental Target Concept which follows the major background of Local Agenda 21.
2002-2005: environmental review work to undertake research the objectives and
targets, developing an automatized assessment system
2003-2004: phase of participation and coming to an agreement of environmental
goals with scientists, key stakeholders and citizens
2005:Parliament made a resolve of the ETC including a need of a yearly
state report
2006:first implementation report of ETC → to be continued year by year;
published in World Wide Web

Target group of the Good Practice

Politicians and Citizens of Rostock in their respective roles.

Funding of the Good Practice

Local Business.

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Contact details

UBC Environment and Sustainable Development Secretariat

Vanha Suurtori 7
FIN-20500 Turku, Finland

Data sources and references

UBC Environmental Awards 2007.